Schalke have rebuffed claims that Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is close to joining Liverpool FC.
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is yet to start negotiations with Schalke regarding a contract extension and recent reports in Germany suggested that both Liverpool were interested in signing the Dutch international this summer. But Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has dismissed these reports claiming that they have no intention about selling the player.
Huntelaar joined Schalke in 2010 after spells at Real Madrid and AC Milan and the 30-year-old has maintained a prolific goal scoring record during his four seasons in Bundesliga so far. The Dutchman has scored 172 goals in just 245 appearances for the German club and despite missing out on a large chunk of last season due to injury, he was selected by Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal in the squad which travelled to Brazil.
Huntelaar hasn’t received too many opportunities at the World Cup with Robin van Persie being the number one choice for Holland, but he made a big impact after coming on as a substitute against Mexico and scored the winning goal in the dying moments of the game from the penalty spot.
According to reports in Bild, Liverpool are both interested in signing the former Ajax striker. Liverpool have already made three signings this summer, but are expected to continue their spending spree with Luis Suarez heading towards Barcelona. The Merseyside club have already signed Rickie Lambert from Southampton earlier this summer, but Brendan Rodgers is expected to recruit another proven goal scorer in order to replace Suarez.
Huntelaar’s current contract with Schalke expires in 2015 and he is yet to hold any discussion regarding an extension. The Dutch striker recently revealed that he will hold talks with Schalke regarding his future.
“Regarding the rumours about Liverpool it would only be fair to speak to Schalke first.
“I’ve talked with Schalke about an extension for a while. After the World Cup I am having a holiday. Then I will speak to them again.
“With my agent, I now do not talk about the interest from clubs. I focus on the tournament.” – Huntelaar said in an interview back then.
But Heldt has played down these rumours and insisted that they are yet to receive any communication from the player or agent regarding this matter.
“Most recently, I’ve read that Liverpool FC should have interest in Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
“Liverpool, Klaas-Jan and also his adviser have not contacted us.
“And we also have no interest in selling the player.” – Heldt said in an interview.