Schalke eye starlet
By Thomas Zeh
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Schalke 04 are being linked with Stuttgart's Sami Khedira.
Schalke 04 could be ready to snap up another Stuttgart star after reports emerged that they are keen on youngster Sami Khedira, who only recently made his Bundesliga debut for Armin Veh's team.
The Royal-Blues have landed Kevin Kuranyi and Marcelo Bordon from the Swabians in recent years and according to local paper Stuttgarter Zeitung, Khedira ranks high on Schalke's shopping list.
The 19-year-old youngster with Tunisian heritage, who is tied to the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadium until 2007, had an impressive debut in the 3-0 thrashing of Bayer Leverkusen and Stuttgart are determined to keep the promising talent.
"We want to keep him and made him a very good offer to extend his spell," declared managing director Horst Heldt, who believes that Khedira's interests would be best served if he remains in his tried and trusted surrounding.
"I think it would be in his best interests to stay with us," Heldt added.
While Khedira stressed that he felt honoured by the interest in his services, he hinted that he will not be rushed into any final decision.
"Together with my family and my agent, we have agreed that I won't deal with the matter until the winter break and rather focus entirely on my perspective to break into the first team," the midfielder stressed.