Schalke 04 have confirmed exercising their buy-back clause for Ghana forward Bernard Tekpetey, with the German side reportedly paying €2.5m for the player they sold to Paderborn last summer.
The 21-year-old enjoyed an impressive debut season in the Bundesliga 2 with Paderborn where he registered 10 goals and 6 assists in 32 league games to help the side earn promotion to the topflight.
Tekpetey’s general improvement over the season is believed to have convinced the Schalke top hierarchy to rope him back onto their books but he could still be loaned out to a Bundesliga side in the coming season, reports suggest.
An official statement by Schalke on Saturday confirmed that Partey is returning to the club where he began his career in Europe:
“After a very successful season for SC Paderborn 07 in the 2. Bundesliga, FC Schalke 04 have activated a buy-back clause to re-sign Bernard Tekpetey from the newly promoted Bundesliga side. Tekpetey scored ten goals and provided six assists in 32 appearances in eastern Westphalia to help Paderborn secure back-to-back promotions. The Ghanaian will rejoin the Royal Blues on 1st July 2019 and the club hierarchy are currently discussing his sporting future at the club.
“The 21-year-old left the Royal Blues last summer to join SC Paderborn and play in Germany’s second tier but returns to the club after just one season. The Ghanaian joined the Royal Blues in 2016 from the UniStar Soccer Academy and featured for the club’s U23s side. Tekpetey then moved up to the first team squad in the summer of 2016, going on to make two Bundesliga appearances and one Europa League appearance for the club. Tekpetey joined Austrian top tier side SCR Altach for the 2017/18 season and made ten league appearances, scoring one goal,” it read.