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Felix Magath Admits Defeat In Manuel Neuer Contract Battle

Schalke’s struggles on and off the pitch have been well documented and roundly criticized, and it seems things are only going to get worse for the konigsblauen. Speaking to Bild, Felix Magath admitted that Schalke may not be able to hold onto Manuel Neuer and other players due to the club’s financial situation and their poor league form.

Schalke have collected just nine points from their first eleven Bundesliga matches, and that’s far from good enough for a side who did so well last season. With European competition looking more like a hope than an expectation at this point, some of the team’s bigger players may be looking to move on at the end of the season.

One of those players is Germany’s number one goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer. The young shot-stopper’s contract is set to run out in 2012, and with Schalke experiencing so many financial problems, they may not have the cash needed to support the player’s demands. Also, without European football, the side’s quality players will most likely be looking to move to ensure that they’re playing at the highest level every season.

“Of course I do not trust entirely that I will be able to keep Manuel Neuer and all the other players. Although the situation is somewhat more difficult with less revenue, we have created the conditions to become champions in years to come.”

The last thing Magath needs is to lose the core of his already fading side. Last season, key players were moved on because of financial instability, and their replacements have shown themselves to be unable to match their predecessors’ performances. If a player as important as Manuel Neuer was sold, it’d be near impossible to replace him. He’s Schalke through and through, and when he starts to doubt the side he’s supported and played for for so long, that’s when you know there’s really something wrong behind the scenes.

A lack of funds and no European football could see Schalke lose a lot more than Manuel Neuer, and that is the grim reality for konigsblauen fans who may have been hoping for another title challenge this season.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. jenna

    November 13, 2010 at 7:08 am

    dude, that title game me a heartattack, I thought he was already gone. Basically there not much new info in this, even before Schalke was doing so bad Neuer said if they won’t make CL he might be looking into a transfer, and you really can’t blame him now when his team seem to be able to get up from the bottom three…

    If he does leave, I hope he would at least follow his hero’s steps and move to Arsenal. I don’t want him at Bayern, and more than anything – NOT MAN UNITED!

    • Hendry Wijaya

      November 14, 2010 at 10:43 am

      “I hope he would at least follow his hero’s steps and move to Arsenal”. Huh? Who is his hero who move to Arsenal? Don’t say Lehmann please…

      • jenna

        November 14, 2010 at 10:45 am

        why not Lehmann??

  2. Gabriela

    November 12, 2010 at 10:34 pm

    Would it be too much to ask for him to stay within the Bundesliga?

    • Dylan Thomas

      November 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm

      I was going to mention in the article that I think Bayern Munich might be ideal. Butt is getting older, and Neuer would fit perfectly there.

      • Gabriela

        November 12, 2010 at 10:56 pm

        Seriously, Bayern is the bane of my Bundesliga existence … and even so I would be ecstatic if he moved over there instead of moving anywhere else outside the league.

        • Dylan Thomas

          November 12, 2010 at 11:13 pm

          Who do you support?

          • Gabriela

            November 12, 2010 at 11:28 pm

            Eintracht Frankfurt.

            • Dylan Thomas

              November 12, 2010 at 11:33 pm

              You must have enjoyed my Gekas article! How did you find them, of all teams?

              • Gabriela

                November 12, 2010 at 11:43 pm

                I read and I did! Thank you for that recognition, it’s greatly appreciated and much deserved, despite wet blankets.

                My mother is a Frankfurter and my uncle played for them during his youth. I was with Eintracht before I even knew I was.

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