Schalke star Max Meyer has contradicted a club statement and claimed that he was not injured for the weekend’s 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.
The 22-year-old midfielder is set to depart the club on a free transfer in the summer, when his contract expires, yet there is uncertainty as to whether he will play for the Bundesliga side again after rubbishing a club statement over his fitness.
Meyer has been linked with Liverpool, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain after the confirmation he will leave the club in the summer arrived earlier this week, leading to criticism from the club president, who claimed the player is "on the money train".
The player was then left out of the weekend's squad due to a physical complaint, but he disputes this.
“He broke off training on Wednesday for a foot injury. Now he seems to be feeling better, but he has not trained for two days. That's a fact,” Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco explained on Thursday. “That's why he was not in the squad.”
However, in a statement to DPA after Saturday’s fixture in Gelsenkirchen, he said: “What can I say? I was not injured.”
He has been a key figure in the Schalke side that has pushed to second in the Bundesliga this season, albeit with a 24-point gulf to leaders Bayern Munich.
He has turned out 24 times but does not have a goal or an assist to his name.
Meyer has been capped four times for Germany and will hope to feature in Joachim Low’s squad for the World Cup.