Schalke will not sell coveted midfielder Leon Goretzka in the January transfer window, according to the club’s CEO Christian Heidel.
Leon Goretzka, the Germany international, is out of contract in June and is attracting interest from a number of clubs across Europe, including Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Some of his suitors are reportedly looking to snap him up in a cut-price deal in January, but Schalke would prefer for him to leave on a free transfer next summer.
Speaking to Bild, Heidel said: “For us, always, there were only two options – that Goretzka renews [his contract] or he stays until 2018. Selling him prematurely was never an option for us.”