So in case someone is infact interested in the articles, or just need to vent like me, here are the latest news:
Manuel Neuer Contract Clause Surfaces, But Felix Magath Insists Germany No. 1 Will Remain At Schalke Until 2012
Felix Magath insists that Manuel Neuer will remain at Schalke until 2012, despite reports of an exit clause in the player's contract.
Schalke coach Felix Magath insists goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will remain in Gelsenkirchen until at least 2012, despite new reports of a clause in the player's current contract.
"Until 2012, he is definitely with us," Magath told Sport Bild. Regarding a contract extension, the coach added: "We will make a decision in the spring. The initial discussions indicate that we have a chance to extend Manuel Neuer's contract."
However, it is also reported that there exists a clause in Neuer's contract that forces Schalke to discuss a potential transfer provided a Champions League team offer €15 million or more in exchange for his services. Should die Knappen fail to do so, Neuer's salary will automatically increase by €400,000. He also is reported to have an exit clause that allows him to leave this summer for €20m.
The 24-year-old Neuer has had a tremendous season thus far, and is regarded by many as the best goalkeeper in the world. The Germany No. 1 has recently attracted interest from Bayern Munich and Manchester United.
Manchester United's interest in Manuel Neuer could be scuppered by Schalke's contract negotiations
Schalke are trying to thwart Manchester United’s pursuit of Manuel Neuer by opening talks with the Germany goalkeeper in an attempt to buy out a €15 million (£12.8 million) release clause in his contract.
Neuer, who impressed during Germany’s run to the World Cup semi-finals in South Africa last summer, is on United’s shortlist alongside Ajax’s Maarten Stekelenburg and Atletico Madrid’s David de Gea to replace Edwin van der Sar when the 40 year-old retires at the end of this season. Neuer, 24, is also a target for Bayern Munich.
United and Bayern are ready to take advantage of Neuer’s contract situation at Schalke, with his deal due to expire in June 2012.
It is understood that Neuer’s contract includes an escape clause that can be triggered by Champions League participants offering in excess of €15 million for the player.
However, the deal also allows Schalke to reject such an offer with the proviso that they increase Neuer’s €2 million-a-year salary by 20 per cent.
With growing interest in their goalkeeper, however, Schalke are ready to open talks over a new deal. Felix Magath, the Schalke head coach, said: “He is definitely with us until 2012. But we are in conversation and will meet again in the spring.
“The discussions so far suggest that we have a chance to extend Manuel’s contract.”
United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele admitted this month that the club had identified three leading contenders to replace Van der Sar.
Liverpool's Pepe Reina has been considered by United, who are aware of the £20 million release clause in the Spaniard’s contract at Anfield, but the difficulties in prising a player from Liverpool, including the off-field furore that could affect any player moving between the clubs, has rendered Reina as an outsider to replace Van der Sar.
United could yet turn to Reina, who continues to interest Arsenal, should they fail to land any of their top three targets.
Schalke’s determination to retain Neuer could prompt United to firm up their interest in Stekelenburg, who is expected to leave Ajax this summer, but Atletico youngster De Gea has reiterated his readiness to remain in Madrid.
The Spain Under-21 goalkeeper said: “If you’re comfortable in your club, you do not look for anything. Football is so that, when you feel comfortable in a club, there is no need to change. That’s my situation.”
And in other news: Felix Magath has a facebook page! It was confirmed to be real by Schalke's press officer. Well, I think I know where I'll be heading next time to I need to vent about having no defence and yet not buying any new defenders, not letting the midfield be creative or even present resulting in strikers having to supply themselves with the balls, bringing in players I hardly even heard of instead of promising talent when we are 1-0 down and pretty much everything else that doesn't make sense.
(as always, thanks to Schalke_UK twitter for keeping a non-german speaker like me informed)
UPDATE: this quote has been going around twitter, but without a sourse so I do not know if it's legit:
“Mein Herz schlägt für Schalke. Ich bin Kapitän der Mannschaft. Wir wollen nach bescheidenem Start nach oben. Ich lese diese Spekulationen nicht. Mein Vertrag läuft bis 2012.”
(google-translation: "My heart beats for Schalke. I'm captain of the team. We want to start a modest upward. I do not read these speculations. My contract runs until 2012. ")