Matija Nastasic keen to stay on at Schalke beyond the summer

Matija Nastasic says he would like to make his loan move from Manchester City to Schalke permanent.

Nastasic, 21, joined the Bundesliga club until the end of the season in January, having failed to impress Manuel Pellegrini at City.

Schalke have the option to buy the Serbia international in the summer, and having featured in all three of their games since the winter break, he is keen to remain at the Veltins-Arena.

"I am happy to be here and I am looking forward to every single match," he told Bild. "After the end of the season we all need to get together and see what the best solution is.

"But it is a fact: I would like to stay on long-term at this club. My long-term plan is playing for Schalke."

Nastasic received little playing time under Pellegrini this season and failed to make a single appearance in the Premier League before joining Schalke.