Great to see, just mentioned him in Euro 2024 thread and now see this. 05 GK Podlech basically signs pro contract at Schalke. Has best chance from GK at Schalke to breakthrough and become #1 there. Hope it happens. Kid is a giant at 1.98m tall. Herzlichen Glückwunsch, Luca Podlech! 😊 ✍️ Der #U19-Torhüter hat seinen Vertrag beim @s04 bis zum 30.06.2025 verlängert! 🤝 Schön, dass du ein Schalker (bist und) bleibst, Luca! 💙🤍Weitere Infos: ⤵️#schmiede | 🔵⚪ | @s04— Knappenschmiede (@knappenschmiede) December 6, 2022 S04 also binds goalkeeper Podlech in the long term U19 goalkeeper Luca Podlech has extended his contract with FC Schalke 04 until June 30, 2025. Born in Gelsenkirchen, he has been playing for the youth teams of the Royal Blues since 2016. “Luca is not only one of the greatest goalkeeper talents in Germany, but is also a Schalke player through and through. Anyone who knows him knows that he lives for Schalke,” says Mathias Schober, Director Knappenschmiede & Development. "It's all the nicer to continue to support and encourage him in the Knappenschmiede on his way to senior football. We are convinced that Luca will take further important career steps under his head coach Norbert Elgert and goalkeeping coach Volkan Ünlü." Last year, Podlech celebrated the German championship with the U17 juniors. The 17-year-old is currently guarding the Schalke U19 goal. Podlech has also worked for the junior national teams of the DFB (U16-U18). The talents Assan Ouédraogo and Taylan Bulut had recently signed long-term contracts at Schalke.