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Schalke desperate to keep key pair.
Schalke 04 sporting direcrot Horst Heldt has revealed that the club are working all hours to convince Lewis Holtby and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to remain in Germany and shun interest from the Premier League.
Both players’ contracts expire at the end of this season and there are plenty of English sides keen on snapping up the talented pair.
Arsenal are interested in German international midfielder Holtby, who has hinted he would be up for a move to the Premier League, but Everton are thought to be in pole position with the player’s English father having made Lewis a huge Toffees fan.
Prolific striker Huntelaar, meanwhile, is wanted by Liverpool and Tottenham.
But Schalke are trying to tie down two of their biggest assets to new long-term contract and Heldt is optimistic they will commit to stay at the club.
When pressed on each players’ situation and rumours Holtby could be willing to pen an extension, Heldt said: “I cannot confirm today’s headlines in the media about Lewis Holtby but we’re in a constant, good exchange.
“We’re in intensive talks with Holtby and Huntelaar and want to extend both contracts.”
SOURCE: Daily Mirror
Speculation is growing that key Schalke duo Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Lewis Holtby could be set for moves to the Premier League in the next 12 months.
Dutch goal-machine Huntelaar’s contract expires at the end of the season and the former Real Madrid and AC Milan striker is yet to commit his future to the Bundesliga club.
Liverpool and Spurs – both in need of striking reinforcements – have expressed an interest in Huntelaar, who could begin talks with interested suitors as soon as January.
Schalke are keen not to lose the 29-year-old, who has bagged over 40 goals in around seventy Bundesliga games since joining the club.
Holtby, meanwhile, is attracting interest from Arsenal and Liverpool. The German international midfielder is half English and reports have suggested that the duo could tempt the player back to his mother’s homeland.
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