Coke spent a successful five years at Sevilla where he captained the Andalusian side to a Europa League triumph over Liverpool. Having scored twice in the final, the now 30 year old moved to Schalke for a reported €5 million. Since that move, Coke’s career has been less successful.
The left footed defender tore his cruciate ligament in his first outing for Schalke. This saw Coke sit on the sidelines for nine months before making his competitive debut. After this, he managed to only accumulate nine appearances in total for the German club.
The Spaniard has only managed to feature in just one minute of the German top flight this season. With Schalke manager Domenico Tedesco seemingly happy to play a more youthful side, Coke doesn’t fit into his plans.
The German’s are currently second in the table and look to secure European football once again this season. This is following a two year fallow period from when they last appeared in the Champions League.
Coke would certainly add some experience into a Levante side who have been impressive this season. The current Liga 123 champions are performing admirably in 15th conceding only 22 goals – the ninth lowest in the league.
They have struggled in front of goal but their solidity at the back has given the club a great foundation. The Coke loan deal, with his quality and experience will certainly add to this solid foundation.