Huntelaar extends Schalke deal

The Netherlands international looks set to remain at the Veltins Arena until at least 2017, with the Bundesliga club having an option to add another season to his contract


Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has extended his Schalke contract for an additional two years, ending speculation over his future.

The Dutch striker’s contract at the Veltins Arena was due to run out at the end of 2014-15, but the Gelsenkirchen club have confirmed that he has put pen to paper on a deal to keep him at the German giants until June 2017.

Breaking news! @KJ_Huntelaar has extended his contract with #S04 until 2017! More to follow later! pic.twitter.com/t2yBzl8TGd

— FC Schalke 04 (@s04_en) December 20, 2014

Huntelaar, 31, has been at Schalke since his €14 million switch from AC Milan in 2010, where he had spent one season after a brief stint with Real Madrid.

The Netherlands international has been fairly prolific for Roberto Di Matteo’s men this season, scoring seven goals in 15 Bundesliga appearances.

His three strikes in the Champions League helped Schalke reach the last 16 of the tournament, too, where they will face Huntelaar’s former club and reigning European champions Real Madrid.

'Liverpool & Tottenham will need to add 15 zeros to Delph offers'

The Aston Villa midfielder has been targeted by the Premier League giants but Paul Lambert is prepared to dig his heels in, and insists that Ron Vlaar will also stay at the club


Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert insists he has no intention of allowing Fabian Delph or Ron Vlaar to leave the club in January, claiming any interested clubs will have to “add 15 zeros” to any prospective offers.

It is understood Delph is willing to run down his contract amid interest from Tottenham and Liverpool, leading to the prospect of the 25-year-old leaving on a free transfer in the summer.

Club captain Vlaar has reportedly attracted the interests of Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal as he seeks to reinforce a porous defence, but Lambert has no intention of allowing either of the duo to leave Villa Park in the winter window.

“The way January works, if somebody’s worth something you may as well put another 15 zeros on the end of it,” he said.

“The price gets inflated. Even if anybody came in, you would never let them go cheap or anything like that. Would any amount of money tempt me? No. They’ll not go anywhere in January. It’s my say.

“Was that my recommendation to the owner Randy Lerner? Absolutely.”

Reports have suggested that there is little chance of Vlaar or Delph extending their stays at the club, but Lambert remains hopeful that the pair will agree new deals.

“I’m pretty sure those talks will keep on going,” the Scot added. “It’s not something I’m sitting here thinking about what’s going to happen. They’re the ones with good dialogue, so I don’t have any issues.

“Those lads have been brilliant. They enjoy their football here. They have been really professional about it so there have been no issues at all with anything.”