Neuer hints at Schalke stay

Keeper happy where he is

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Highly-rated Schalke keeper Manuel Neuer has admitted he may be tempted to pen a contract extension.

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The Germany international is already tied to the Bundesliga giants until June 2012, but reports of fresh terms in the pipeline have begun.

Schalke are understandably keen to keep the 24-year-old out of the clutches of their rivals, with numerous clubs from across Europe having been linked with a move in the past.

Neuer insists it is too early to speculate on whether or not he will be offered a new deal, or whether he will sign it if he is, but he has revealed that he is happy at the Veltins Arena and can see himself sticking around for some time yet.

"I have not been talking to anyone about my future, but Schalke will always be my first option," he told Deutsche Presseagentur.

"Playing in the Champions League with your club automatically puts you in the shop window. But I don't think it is right to talk about new terms at the moment."

Neuer is a product of the academy set-up at Schalke and has made over 150 appearances for the club since breaking into the first-team fold four years ago.