Leroy Sane should stay at Schalke - Clemens Tonnies
Schalke chief Clemens Tonnies expects Leroy Sane to stay at the club despite strong links with clubs including Barcelona and Manchester City.
Sane, 20, has emerged as one of the Bundesliga's most sought-after players in recent weeks, with a host of elite clubs said to be tracking the winger, while RB Leipzig in Germany's second tier have confirmed their interest.
There has been speculation about a €37 million release clause in his contract, but Schalke have denied that will be the case, at least for the upcoming transfer window.
Sane's father said last month that the Germany international would make his own decision on his future in the summer, while Bild reported at the weekend that he is determined to leave Schalke at the end of the season.
The German tabloid said Sane is not interested in a move to the Premier League, though, and would prefer to join either Barca or RB Leipzig, whose sporting director and coach, Ralf Rangnick, will reportedly be given €200m if the club secures promotion to the Bundesliga.
Bild said that Sane would be permitted to leave Schalke in the summer should a club make an offer in excess of the €37m release clause, which is set to become active in the summer of 2017.
However, Tonnies, Schalke's chairman of the supervisory board, told Rheinische Post on Tuesday that he does not expect Sane to move on.
"I can't see Leroy Sane leaving," he said. "Those who want the best for him all tell him that he should stay at Schalke for at least one more season. You can see his development in every match."
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He also reiterated that Schalke hope to prolong their partnership with Russian sponsor Gazprom.
Tonnies, who made his fortune in the German meat industry, has business ties with the Kremlin and has in the past spoken about his friendship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In 2006, the club struck a partnership with Gazprom -- in which the government holds a majority stake -- with the current deal due to end in 2017.
Tonnies, who has previously rejected concerns over the deal, said: "They have never tried to influence the club's politics.
"Sport, moreover, can build valuable bridges and starts dialogues between people who don't have a lot to say to each other in other areas.
"It would be folly to not maintain those contacts. That's why we want to prolong the cooperation with Gazprom. They are just interested in us. A few years ago, I met Vladimir Putin -- he told me that he follows the Bundesliga."