Huntelaar signs new Schalke contract

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has signed a new contract with Schalke 04 keeping last season’s Bundesliga top scorer in Gelsenkirchen until the summer of 2015.

The Dutch striker’s contract was due to expire in the summer but this new contract will keep the 29-year old around for a further two years.

Huntelaar explained he enjoyed playing for the German outfit:

“I have thought long and hard about it, but in the end I decided to do what I felt was best. I’ve always enjoyed playing for Schalke, for the club and for these fans. I believe in this team. We can achieve a lot in the second half of the campaign and we are still in with a good shout in the last 16 of the Champions League as well. I wanted to send out a positive message.”

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar joined the Royal Blues from Italian giants AC Milan on transfer deadline day in August 2010. He scored 8 league goals in 24 appearances during his first Bundesliga season and ended the campaign with two goals in a 5-0 German Cup final victory against MSV Duisberg.

Last season, Huntelaar scored 48 goals in all competitions for club and country, including 29 in the Bundesliga where he finished top scorer. The Dutch striker had been attracting attention from other top sides around Europe, including Arsenal. So far this season, the Schalke 04 striker has scored 5 goals in his 17 league appearances.