Schalke respect Neuer decision
Schalke have revealed they respect goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's decision to reject a new contract.
Last Updated: 20/04/11 11:04am
Schalke have revealed they respect goalkeeper Manuel Neuer's decision to reject a new contract as he prepares for a summer move.
Neuer has just 12 months remaining on his current deal and Schalke were desperate to convince the Germany international to agree to an extension.
However, the 25-year-old revealed at the weekend that he has already decided his next move and he is widely expected to join Bayern Munich.
Though a fee has yet to be agreed between the two clubs, Schalke have confirmed they are resigned to Neuer moving on at the end of the season.
"As much as it hurts us, we have accepted this development and we respect it," commented the club's director of sport Horst Heldt.
"How things develop with Manuel Neuer will emerge in the coming weeks and maybe months, but we are now concentrating on our sporting challenges and the rest will follow in due course."
Neuer told the club's official website: "I have taken this decision without any external influence.
"The decision has nothing to do with the change of coach or any other person at another club.
"I have a great deal to thank Schalke and their unique fans for, but I would like to have the opportunity for a change after 20 years' faithful service to this club.
"I have made this decision and I wanted to make it public, but now all of the concentration focuses on Schalke's goals for the season.
"I agree with Horst Heldt that we must have peace and quiet to be as successful as possible in the coming games."