SCOTT PETERSON - Thursday, January 30, 2014
Midfielder joining Besiktas Istanbul
In a effort to solidify his spot on Jürgen Klinsmann's World Cup roster, Jermaine Jones has left German side Schalke 04 for Turkish outfit Besiktas. Jones' days as a member of the Königsblauen were always numbered after head coach Jens Keller informed the 32-year-old midfielder that he no longer figured into the first-team plans.
Details have not yet been released. However, sources close to YA have said Jones passed his physical this afternoon, making the move official. Jones posted a statement to his twitter account thanking the Schalke faithful, before addressing his new club on Twitter saying "With pride and honor I will wear the Black Eagle jersey. [I am] glad to be part of this family. I can't wait to start."
Jones' new team is coached by Croatian Slaven Bilic, an accomplished professional in his day with stints in Germany, England and the former Yugoslavia. Besiktas currently find themselves in fourth place in the 18-team Super Lig, ten points adrift of leaders Fenerbache and four back of second place Galatasaray.