Rouven Schröder takes over the post of sports director at the Bundesliga football club Rasenballsport Leipzig. To this end, the 47-year-old terminated his existing contract with league rivals Schalke 04 "amicably". Schroeder takes up his new job on April 1 and receives a contract until the summer of 2026, both clubs announced the personnel on Tuesday.

"Rouven brings a great deal of expertise and has proven his qualities in his previous positions. Rouven will support me in the areas of squad planning, scouting and licensing," said Eberl. Schroeder emphasized that he "would like to help realize the next steps in the development of the association. I'm really looking forward to the new challenge," said the 47-year-old.

Since the end of October, Schroeder's contract with Schalke had rested, and it was agreed not to disclose the transfer modalities. Allegedly, half a million euros will flow to the Royal Blues. Since June 1, 2021, Schroeder had been responsible for Schalke's squad planning, under him the direct resurgence last year. At cup winners Leipzig, Schroeder is to form a team with sports director Max Eberl in the sporting leadership, the former Gladbach manager has been in office since last December.

Schalke's sporting director Peter Knäbel had last confirmed at the end of February at Sky90 that "we have received an offer that fully meets the conditions we agreed with Rouven when he resigned and we put the contract on hold". Schroeder resigned from the "Royal Blues" last October. Previously, he had worked for several years as sports director and sports director at FSV Mainz 05.