Huntelaar: I'll stay at Schalke no matter what

The prolific Dutch striker says he will remain at the Veltins Arena even if the side does not qualify for the Champions League, which he concedes would be a "disaster"
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has underlined his commitment to Schalke by declaring that he will remain in Gelsenkirchen even if the club fails to secure European football for next season.

Die Knappen are still on course to qualify for the Champions League, as they currently sit fourth in the Bundesliga, but just two points separate Jens Keller's men from eighth-placed Hamburg, which they face at the Veltins Arena this weekend.

Consequently, a place in Europe is far from assured but Huntelaar has moved to ease the fears of his club's fans by saying that he will stay put no matter what happens between now and the end of the season.

"To not qualify for Europe would be a disaster for us players and the club," the striker conceded. "But I will stay anyway. I am very comfortable at this club and in the Bundesliga."

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt recently lashed out the players over their inconsistent form this term and Huntelaar concedes that the criticism was justified.

"This season we have not had the stability, irrespective of the opponent, of the previous year," the former Real Madrid forward confessed.

"I'm certain that all the players are eager to finish fourth. Horst Heldt wants to win and we want to win.

"He is the boss and he has the right to criticize. We now have to concentrate all our energy on achieving our goals as a team."