Schalke have revealed that Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will not extend his contract with the club.
Schalke said that the 25-year-old has told club officials he won’t renew his contract, which expires at the end of next season, but refused to divulge his future plans.
Schalke board member Horst Heldt says the club accepts Neuer’s decision “with a heavy heart.” He says that “the coming weeks and perhaps months will show” what Neuer plans to do.
Neuer has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich.
“I made this decision without any influence from outside,” Neuer told the club’s website. “The decision has nothing to with the coaching change, or with anyone at another club.”
Schalke sacked coach Felix Magath and hired Ralf Rangnick during what has been a disappointing Bundesliga season, but the club has reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and the German Cup final.
“These are our top priorities now,” Heldt said.
The goalkeeper said he was “grateful to Schalke and its unique fans for so much. But – after 20 years of loyalty – I want to keep the options open for a change.”