Schalke general manager Christian Heidel has denied claims made in a report by Sky Germany that the Royal Blues had agreed a deal with champions Bayern Munich for the transfer of midfielder Leon Goretzka.
“It’s not decent for Sky Sports or anyone for that matter to make an announcement, which is completely baseless, an hour before kick-off.” Heidel told a press conference.
“People shouldn’t spread this kind of information as if it’s a done deal when it’s merely speculation.
“It’s absolute nonsense. Bayern have not even made contact with Schalke and I’ve had good talks with Leon Goretzka and his agent so far.
“Leon has a great opportunity to become the face of Schalke over the next few years.
“I realise it is inevitable that Leon Goretzka will probably at some stage of his career move to a club at a higher sporting level than Schalke.
“But if I judge him correctly, he would have said something to me if he had already made his decision to join another club.” Heidel concluded.
Leon Goreztka has a contract until 2018 with the Gelsenkirchen club.