Dutch international striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has come to terms on a new two-year contract extension with German Bundesliga club Schalke 04. The player’s current deal was scheduled to run out at the end of June 2015, but he’ll now be staying at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen until the end of June, 2017. Huntelaar joined Schalke back in 2010 from AC Milan of the Italian Serie A and has been one of the Bundesliga’s top goal scorers ever since.
The 31-year-old Huntelaar helped the German side capture the Schalke DFB-Pokal in 2011 and the former Real Madrid and Ajax player has managed to net 10 goals in all competitions so far in the 2014/15 season. Schalke manager Roberto Di Matteo was delighted with the new deal since there have been rumours circulating around that Huntelaar was planning on leaving the Bundesliga and perhaps try to hook up with a team in the English Premier League. Both Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal of London were believed to be interested in him.
Schalke announced the signing on their Twitter page and believe Huntelaar still has a lot of goals left in him even though he’ll be 34 years old when his new contract expires. Huntelaar is ranked number two on the club’s all-time scoring list behind Klaus Fischer. As of December 21 he had 101 goals for the Bundesliga outfit in 160 appearances. Ten of these came in the German Cup while 25 were scored in European competitions and the other 66 have been in league play.
Huntelaar has also scored 38 times for Holland in 69 matches and had 18 goals in 23 contests for the Dutch Under-21 side, which is a national record. He now has a total of 288 goals in 456 club games in all competitions. Huntelaar was named the player of the year for Ajax in 2006 and the Dutch Football Talent of the Year the same year. He won the UEFA Under-21 Championships in 2006 as well and led the tournament in scoring and was named to the Team of the Tournament.