Schalke striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar claims it is his intention to have resolved any outstanding issues regarding his future by the time the new season gets under way.
The Holland international has just 12 months left to run on his current deal.
As a proven goalscorer at the highest level, there is no shortage of interest in his services.
Were he to open the door to a summer switch, Schalke would be left with little option but to cash in on his talents.
They are, however, still trying to put a contract extension in place and Huntelaar has hinted that he is willing to stay.
He has also sought to play down rumours suggesting that he is stalling on a new deal in an effort to inherit the club captaincy from Benedikt Howedes.
"My decision will now be one made by gut instinct," said Huntelaar.
"I am looking to make a quick decision and not wait until the season has begun."
On the armband debate, he added: "(Howedes) is a strong character.
"He is an important Schalke player. He is a person that symbolises this club. I feel that he could go on (as captain)."