• Thursday Jan 30, 2014

    U.S. international Jones joins Besiktas

    United States international Jermaine Jones (left) left Schalke 04 and joined Turkey's Besiktas on January 30, 2014. (Photo:Mexsport)

    GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany – Schalke 04 announced Thursday that it has parted ways with United States international Jermaine Jones and that the midfielder has linked up with Turkey’s Besiktas through end of June, when his contract is due to expire.

    The 32-year-old scored seven goals in 129 Bundesliga games for the Royal Blues after joining from Eintracht Frankfurt ahead of the 2007-2008 season.

    "We are pleased that Jermaine has found a new club in which he can realize his great sporting goals this year,” said Schlake sporting director Horst Heldt in a statement.  “With good achievements and many playing opportunities at Besiktas he can lay the foundation for a successful participation at the World Cup in Brazil.

    "Our thanks to him for his efforts in the Schalke jersey in the past seven years.  As soon as the opportunity arises, we will bid Jermaine a farewell that is Schalke worthy.  We wish him well in his professional and personal future." 

    Jones was a key component in the Americans’ successful qualifying campaign for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, playing in 12 of their 16 matches.

    He has appeared in 27 all-time UEFA Champions League games, 25 with Schalke and two with Bayer Leverkusen, scoring two goals (both with Schalke).

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