Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has admitted that the race to sign Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka still remains open as the Bavarian giants are yet to agree on a deal for the German midfielder.
With Goretzka set to leave Schalke at the end of the season after refusing to extend his contract with the German outfit, the central midfielder has been the subject of interest from European giants such as Liverpool, Barcelona, Manchester United and Juventus, although report suggests the Bavarians are leading the race to sign the wantaway midfielder.
Schalke sporting director, Christian Heidel also admitted on Monday that no deal had been agreed yet with any club and the future of the deep-lying playmaker is yet to be decided.
Jupp Heynckes speaking as the Bundesliga champions jets off to Qatar, he said:
‘You’ll have to wait and see,’ He also added.
‘If I read it correctly, his manager [Jorg] Neubauer said that they have not yet decided. The Spaniards are still there in the race.
‘He is a bright, intelligent boy. He knows exactly what is best for himself.’
Since moving from VFL Bochum to Schalke 04 in the summer of 2013 for a reported fee of €4 million, the defensive midfielder has established himself as a regular for the German side and has developed into of the brightest youngsters in the Bundesliga.
The 22-year-old has impressed in the middle of the park for Schalke so far this term and has been a key factor in the Royal Blues being 11 points adrift Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
He is often deployed as a defensive midfielder but he can also play as a right or left winger.
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup winner is known for his tackling, vision, passing, eye for goal, aerial prowess, long shots, winning aerial duels, versatility and concentration.Given Bayern Munich’s track record of poaching the best players from their rivals having recently signed Sandro Wagner from Hoffeinheim, it’s only a matter of time before the Bundesliga giants complete a deal for Leon Goretzka as he is being touted as a long-term replacement for the aging Arturo Vidal.