Magath - We can keep Neuer
Felix Magath is confident he can persuade keeper Manuel Neuer to stay at Schalke beyond this season.
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 12/11/10 9:21am
Schalke coach Felix Magath is confident he can persuade highly-rated goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to stay with the club beyond this season.
Neuer has been linked with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, while he is also reportedly on Manchester United's list of potential replacements for Edwin van der Sar.
The latest speculation has claimed Liverpool are weighing up a move for the Germany international due to doubts over Jose Reina's future at Anfield.
A disappointing start to the season, which sees Schalke sit in the bottom three, has also led to suggestions the club will struggle to hang on to Neuer next summer.
However, despite Neuer only being contracted to Schalke until 2012, Magath sees no reason why he can not keep the shot-stopper in his squad.
"There is no doubt I am confident about keeping Manuel Neuer, plus the rest of our key players at our club, even though it looks like future revenue could become more difficult if we are not in any European competition next season," Magath told BILD.
"We have established the requirements to end up as champions of the Bundesliga in the next couple of seasons.
"Everyone knows that a world-class shot-stopper like Gianluigi Buffon once stayed at Juventus, even though Juventus were a second-tier club for one season.
"I have an obligation to show Manuel Neuer that he has a good future at the club.
"Just looking at the current Bundesliga table, Manuel Neuer would not be playing in the UEFA Champions League with Bayern Munich next season."