The signing of teenage football players has been pretty popular during the current transfer window. Spanish La Liga giants signed 16-year-old international attacking midfielder Martin Odegaard of Norway  the other day and now we have another youngster signing a contract. This time it’s 17-year-old Christian Rubio Sivodedov of Sweden, who has signed for German Bundesliga club Schalke. Sivodedov put his pen to paper on a deal after impressing club management while on trial there.

The youngster had been playing in his homeland with Djurgardens, but had made just six league appearances for the side so far this season. Schalke then invited him to head over to Germany for a trial in November. Sivodedov obviously made a huge impression on the right people at the club as he was offered a 3.5-year contract by manager Roberto Di Matteo of Italy. The deal will see him stay with the team until the end of June in 2018.

Sivodedov was happy with the contract, but was sad to leave his Swedish club behind. Before leaving he told the official Djurgardens club website, “It is great for me, but at the same time I have mixed feelings. I have played for Djurgardens all of my life and it is the club in my heart. But this is a unique chance for me and I have based my choice on facts together with my family and Djurgardens. I think the best football in the world is played in Germany. Schalke is a great club with unique capabilities that give me every chance to develop into a better player.”

Schalke also signed defender Matija Nastasic earlier this month in the transfer window. Nastasic was brought over on a loan deal from defending English Premier League titleholders Manchester City. Schalke currently sits in fifth place in the Bundesliga and they return to action on January 31 at home when they host Hannover following the league’s winter break.