Huntelaar confirms Schalke exit, rules out switch to China or 'the desert'

The Dutch attacker will leave the Bundesliga club after seven seasons but is looking to stay close to home rather than moving to a team in Asia.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has confirmed he will leave Schalke at the end of the season, but ruled out a move to "some club in the desert, China or Turkey".

Huntelaar has cut a frustrated figure at the Veltins-Arena this season with only five starts in the league as he has slipped down the pecking order.

The 33-year-old's lack of action has led to him seeking a move away from the Bundesliga club, with reports linking him to former club Ajax.

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"I am not satisfied with the way things are going at Schalke right now. I have an expiring contract, so this is my last year here," Huntelaar told De Telegraaf. 

Where he will ply his trade next remains unclear, but the Dutchman – capped 76 times – has ruled out some countries from the equation.

He added: "My next move will be a gut decision. I really like playing football, but I have four kids and there are so many fun things to do. 

"I am still motivated and I know I can still deliver at the highest level. We will see what happens, what kind of offers come in and then I will make a decision. 

"There is a good chance I will continue to live in Netherlands. I am not moving to some club in the desert, China or Turkey."