Schalke have opened talks with Dutch striker Klaas jan Huntelaar over extending his current contract which expires in the summer.

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huntelaar schGerman newspaper Bild is reporting that the club met with the players representatives earlier this month, with both parties keen to agree a new deal, which will avoid the striker leaving for free next summer.

Schalke’s Sporting Executive Horst Heldt told Bild, “Yes, we had good talks. Both sides have signalled their interest to continue the partnership.”

The Bundesliga club are believed to have offered the 31-year-old a new two-year deal up until 2017 with a pay rise above his current wage of €6.7 million a year. It remains to be seen whether Huntelaar accepts the deal with a number of English clubs, including Liverpool and Tottenham, said to be interested in signing him this January.

Huntelaar has been with Schalke since joining from AC Milan 2010, making 149 appearances and scoring an impressive 97 goals.

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