[AMERICANS ABROAD] German-American midfielder Jermaine Jones, who debuted for the U.S. national team in October, has been sent to Schalke 04’s reserve team by Coach Felix Magath, who said he didn’t like the 29-year-old’s attitude in games.
Jones was substituted at halftime of last weekend’s 5-0 loss at Kaiserslautern that left Schalke just one point above the relegation zone.
Jones had made steps toward the Magath’s doghouse when he complained to Sport Bild about his role Magath’s system and hinted at wanting a transfer.
Jones, under contract through the summer of 2014, is one of the club’s top earners with a $5 million salary, according to Die Zeit.
Magath also sent Ghanaian 2010 World Cup player Hans Sarpei and Alexander Baumjohann to train with the amateur squad, saying he was upset with their performance in practice.
“The last years I had the role that Raul has now, just farther back,” Jones told Sport Bild. “I had more free space so I could exploit my speed."
Jones, who was born and raised in Germany and has played pro ball there for a decade, is a U.S. citizen thanks to his American father.