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Manuel Neuer’s European Ambitions Surpass Schalke’s Means

Manuel Neuer's Faith In Schalke Is Shaken After Poor Bundesliga Start.

Manuel Neuer has recently stoked the fire of every major transfer agent in Europe when he hinted at a summer exit from Schalke in the summer. Neuer, as Germany number one goalkeeper, believes that he should be playing European football every season. If Schalke cannot meet those ambitions, then the young goalkeeper may look to greener pastures.

With suitors including Manchester United, AC Milan, Juventus and others, Schalke would certainly be pressed to sell the player just by the size of the incoming offers. Losing a player as loyal and as reliable as Neuer – who has been at the club since 1991, aged just five years old – would obviously be a huge blow to the konigsblauen, but it’s a loss that will be felt far further than just out on the pitch.

Neuer told the Daily Mail that:

“I am not comfortable with the current situation at Schalke. I hope we can turn the corner and get back on track. My contract runs until 2012 and I have always made it clear that I would play this season for Schalke. As for the future, we will see. I want to be playing in European competition next year.”

Felix Magath’s reshuffling of last season’s squad certainly seems to have ruffled some feathers. Schalke have collected just four points from their first seven games this season, and although it is still early, seeing a player as reliable and as loyal to the club as Manuel Neuer feeling the pressure and losing his focus certainly is worrying. The last player Felix Magath would want to see the back of is Manuel Neuer. Actually, he’d probably relish seeing the back of most of his players at the moment. What I mean to say is, seeing Neuer waver is like seeing Paul Scholes looking for a way out of Old Trafford, or Massimo Ambrosini losing faith in AC Milan. It just wouldn’t happen. Things must be much worse than they are just on the pitch for Schalke.

I think it’ll be interesting to see where Schalke are 25 or so games into the season. If the situation is still this bad, certainly changes will have to be made.

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  1. vermaelen5

    October 12, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Something tells me Arsenal will at least have their spoon in the pot on this one. Not that we need a goalkeeper or anything, I mean, really.

  2. David H

    October 11, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    Seems like kind of a dick move considering the situation the club’s in at the moment. Maybe a “we’re gonna fight to the bloody end” or something would’ve gone down a bit better.

    As for leaving, he might mindful of the Gigi Buffon situation over in Italy. Good young, or even young-ish, goalkeepers go for a premium. Nobody’s been able to afford Buffon, despite him being open to a move. Neuer may want to move, but I don’t know if any of his suitors will want to (or will be able to) afford to both buy him & pay his wages.

  3. jenny

    October 11, 2010 at 10:26 am

    Neuer said even before the season started and while no one could predict what a bad start Schalke is about to have that it’s his goal to play in a European competition next season and if it won’t happen with Schalke he might consider moving.
    This is not a result of the team’s poor start, though of course it doesn’t make him wanna stay it’s not that he saw how he’s team doing and decided to give up and walk out on them…

  4. vermaelen5

    October 11, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Smart move, Manuel.

  5. allllieeya

    October 11, 2010 at 1:16 am

    On the contrary, i cant see manu leaving his beloved Schalke04 for a fellow BL rival like Bayern, except that ive heard his girlfriend is in Munich. He may either leave for another European team in EPL or Serie A or wherever.

    However when the captain talks like that, it can be quite a blow to the team’s morale. I’m sure he meant it w good intentions though, to warn the management n the supporters.

  6. Felix

    October 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Surely if Neuer wants to leave Schalke, Bayern would show an interest? Neuer to Bayern would make sense for both parties and their ambitions (as much as I don’t want Bayern to get stronger, it would also benefit the national team to have the number one playing at a top club on an international stage).

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