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.