Bayern loans defender Jan Kirchhoff to Schalke

Bayern Munich is sending defender Jan Kirchhoff on loan to

Bundesliga rival Schalke until the end of next season.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the 22-year-old

Kirchhoff’s move is a good decision for all concerned. Kirchhoff

will reinforce Schalke’s defense and Rummenigge says he will get

playing time that ”was not possible in Munich so far.”

The Bundesliga champions say the deal includes an option for

Kirchhoff to return to Bayern, which he joined from Mainz at the

beginning of the season.