USMNT midfielder Jermaine Jones has gone through some complicated stretches during his tenure with German outfit Schalke 04, and the combative midfielder is looking to part ways with the Bundesliga side during the January transfer window.
The midfielder has requested a change of scenery, and in order to facilitate his demands, the club decided to leave him out of the preseason training sessions that are being held in Qatar at the moment. There is still no clarity about where he will go, but all signs are pointing back to a move to MLS.
If he chooses to move back to the States, D.C. United would have the first crack at securing his services and he would look to sign a designated player contract that would make him exempt from the allocation order. There are other choices as he has attracted interest from Premier League teams as well, but it seems like he will be back in the States once January comes to an end.
A similar path has been chosen by some other USMNT regulars like Clint Dempsey – who signed with the Seattle Sounders – and most notably Michael Bradley who recently completed a move to join Toronto FC from AS Roma. It’s a puzzling move in some cases, but it can be understood as they would have a lot of playing time here in the US instead of what they might get abroad.
Jones has been a regular fixture for Schalke 04 this season, but the 32-year-old has received some criticism due to his attitude in some games. If he wants to focus solely on what he can do on the pitch, he would be wise to return to MLS as he would be much closer to the preparation the national team looking towards the World Cup.