Kitson reveals snubbed offers
Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:45:00
Schalke have completed the signing of promising midfielder Leon Goretzka from Bochum after a protracted chase.
The 18-year-old linked up with the Gelsenkirchen-based outfit last week, but was made to wait for a deal to be done.
A number of issues delayed the completion of a transfer, but the teenager has now penned a five-year contract.
Goretzka is convinced that he has made the right choice for his career in joining Schalke, with Borussia Dortmund having also expressed an interest in acquiring his services.
He told the club's official website: "I was determined to take the next step in my career and I want to continue developing on a high level.
"With this objective in mind, I see Schalke as the right address for me. The conditions are perfect here. The standard in training is higher than at Bochum.
"Schalke are a big club that are always in contention at the top and represented in Europe."
General manager Horst Heldt added: "We're absolutely delighted that in Leon Goretzka another colossal talent has made a conscious decision in favour of Schalke.
"Leon is one of the most talented players in Germany and has huge potential. He was on the wanted list of lots of clubs but he sees the biggest opportunity to develop as a player here with us."
The 33-year-old former Reading forward, who scored 12 times for Sheffield United last season, signed a two-year deal at the Kassam last month and admitted there was strong interest elsewhere.
"I had lots of interest from clubs in a wide range of divisions," he told the Oxford Mail.
"Two Championship teams made me offers, but I felt I wouldn't play much there and would be used more for helping bring on some youngsters.
"That's not me at this stage of my career, I want to be playing every week.
"Oxford really wanted me. They made a big play for me and I was flattered by their interest. Everything ticked the right boxes."