Huntelaar stalls over new Schalke deal
Schalke appear in danger of losing prolific stirker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar after the Dutchman revealed he has decided to put off contract negotiations until after Euro 2012.
Huntelaar, 28, netted his 39th and 40th goals of the season as Schalke beat Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday to climb above Borussia Monchengladbach into third place in the Bundesliga table.
The Netherlands international has been in sensational form this season, but with his contract set to expire in 2013, Schalke could be at risk of losing him on the cheap after the Euros - or even on a free transfer next summer.
"There will be time to gather my thoughts after the season,'' Huntelaar told Bild. "Before then, I want to focus on scoring goals and not let myself be distracted at the European Championships.''
Huntelaar, whose career has been reignited in Germany after disappointing spells in Spain and Italy, has been linked with Bayern Munich and Juventus in recent weeks and Schalke will be worried that an impressive showing in Poland and Ukraine could spark a fight for his signature.
Schalke are thought to be keen to offer Huntelaar a new two-year deal and are prepared go to the upper limit of their wage structure to convince him to stay.
The former AC Milan and Real Madrid forward would almost certainly be able to find a better wage away from Gelsenkirchen should Europe's top clubs come knocking, but Schalke president Clemens Tonnies believes Huntelaar's decision will not be purely based on money.
"We are making Klaas a top offer'' he told Sport1 television. "I believe that the well-being factor will play a role in his decision and he is very close to his Dutch home here with Schalke.''