Schalke 04 are not discussing a new deal with Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Max Meyer, according to the club’s sporting director Christian Heidel
The Red boss Jurgen Klopp developed a knack for breeding young and upcoming talents as first-team footballers during his stay at Westfalenstadion, and it’s no wonder he’s interested in Schalke ace, given his standing among Germany’s prospects.
The Merseyside giants are expected to add to their ranks in attacking midfield, to join the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane ahead of a busy 2017/18 campaign.
And Heidel confirmed the German club are not talking to Meyer about a new contract.
He was quoted as saying by Bild (via talkSport): “At the moment it does not make any sense to think about it.
“Max has to convince the coach that he belongs in the starting eleven”, he added.
The 21-year-old also admitted last month he is “50-50” to depart from the Royal Blues this summer, the talkSport have named Liverpool and Spurs as potential suitors.
“There have been no further talks,” he had told ZDF TV. “Why not [leave]? I can imagine both [staying or moving on]. The odds are 50-50.”
The German news outlt Bild reckons that a deal worth around £17 million would convince the Gelsenkirchen club to part ways with the four capped Germany international this summer.
Meyer, in the German Bundesliga, has scored one goal this season and creating 25 chances and one assist. He has also completed 570 passes with a pass accuracy of 86%, of which 56% were forward passes.