Real confirm Huntelaar interest

Ajax ace a target for Real, Robben denies crisis talk

Huntelaar: In-demand

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Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster has confirmed he is interested in signing Ajax ace Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Huntelaar is one of the most sought-after players in Europe following his goalscoring exploits over the last few seasons.

All the top clubs in Europe are believed to be tracking the Dutch international and Schuster admits Real would be at the head of the queue for Huntelaar.

Plans

"Dutch football is well known for producing strikers of this kind. Huntelaar is the type of player every club would wish for, lively and effective at the same time," Schuster told Sportweek.

"Looking ahead to next season he'd certainly fit into my plans.

"As far as I'm concerned, Huntelaar's level is up there with Johan Cruyff, Marco van Basten and Ruud van Nistelrooy."

No crisis
Meanwhile, Real winger Arjen Robben has rejected talk of a crisis at El Santiago Bernabeu after their 3-2 defeat to Valencia on Sunday.

The defeat was Real's second in succession allowing Barcelona to close the gap on them to four points in the race for the title.

However, Robben says the Real squad are not panicking and is confident they will bounce back.

"The defeat was a disappointment but we played really well and I don't think there is a crisis," said Robben.

"What we have to do is remain strong and be conscious of what awaits us."