Klaas-Jan Huntelaar snubs Arsenal by signing Schalke’s extension contract
Schalke have announced a contract extension with their coveted striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. In a report published earlier today club officials confirmed the Netherlands forward agreed to a two-year contract extension to his present contract. This means Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will stay at Schalke till the summer of 2015.
The 29-year-old striker had become one of the hottest transfer prospects this fall. The arrival of the January transfer window meant Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would enter the last six months of his contract with Schalke. Once Klaas-Jan Huntelaar enters the last six months of his contract he would be automatically allowed to directly negotiate with other clubs for a transfer deal.
Schalke were desperately trying to avoid such a scenario as it would mean they would lose Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for pennies in the upcoming summer. Top notch clubs across Europe were eager to sign in Klaas-Jan Huntelaar because of his low release clause.
Liverpool and Arsenal were expected to battle for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s service during the January transfer window. Both clubs are keen on acquiring a talented striker for a low price. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who is the prime years of his football career, would have been a perfect signing for Liverpool and Arsenal.
A couple of weeks ago Klaas-Jan Huntelaar expressed concerns over the direction of his present club. The former Real Madrid striker wanted Schalke to hunt for silverware in the future. It now appears Schalke has assured they have competitive football in store for Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
“I've been thinking long and carefully about this decision,” Klaas-Jan Huntelaar told Schalke’s official website. “I feel good here and this is a positive sign that I believe in what we are doing here and I feel we can achieve a lot in the second half of the season.”
Schalke’s Sporting Director Horst Heldt hailed Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for choosing to stay with the club and promised better football in the second half of the season.
“Together with Klaas-Jan, we had originally targeted only to enter the decisive phase of the talks next month, so I am very pleased that Klaas-Jan now sets a clear signal to the entire club for the second half of the season,” Horst Heldt said.
Schalke bought Klaas-Jan Huntelaar from AC Milan in 2010. The talented striker has also played for other football powerhouses such as PSV, Ajax and Real Madrid.