Afellay joined Barcelona from PSV Eindhoven in 2010, but never quite settled in at the Camp Nou. Despite starring at PSV and joining Barcelona in the best form os his career, he only made 34 appearances for the Blaugrana as injuries and a lack of form derailed the career of a player who many thought would become a superstar.
Schalke sounds like a good move for Afellay. There he will get to play under Huub Stevens, who was his manager at PSV and who he maintained a good relationship with. Now 26 years old, Afellay desperately needs to rejuvenate his career and he should be able to do that at Schalke, where Stevens will provide him ample opportunity to earn the playing time that he has lacked since joining Barcelona.