Schalke want to extend Holtby's contract, says agent

The player's representative has assured fans that the 21-year-old will not move away from the Veltins Arena until 2013 at the earliest
By Hassan Haji Talib

Schalke are interested in extending Germany international midfielder Lewis Holtby's contract, according to Marcus Noack, the player's agent.

The 21-year-old has been with the Gelsenkirchen club since 2009, but recently admitted that he would be tempted by a move to England, the land of his father's birth, in the future.

However, the player's representative has assured fans that his client has no interest in a transfer away from the Veltins Arena for the time being, and that talks have begun over extending his current deal, which expires at the end of next season.

"There have been talks and the club have indicated that they would like to extend Lewis' contract," Noack revealed to

"We know that many [club] names are being circulated in the media, but we're not making much of that because it happens every year.

"Of course you have to deal with [interest] when you find out about it, but until a transfer has been completed, Lewis isn't concerned.

"But, clearly, he has a contract with Schalke until 2013, and we expect him to fulfill that."

The Germany Under-21 captain, who shone while on loan at Mainz in 2010-11, has also won two full caps for his country.