Schalke resigned to Neuer loss

Since Schalke can only demand a fee for the Germany international

this summer or lose him on a free transfer in 2012, a sale of the

25-year-old, who has been linked with Manchester United, is now

inevitable and Bayern have already declared their interest. “I have

taken this decision without any external influence,” explained

Neuer on his club’s website. “The decision has nothing to do with

the change of coach or any other person at another club. “I have a

great deal to thank Schalke and their unique fans for, but I would

like to have the opportunity for a change after 20 years’ faithful

service to this club.” Neuer’s move to Bayern is still some way

away as the clubs must still agree on a fee, but Neuer’s departure

from the Gelsenkirchen club should soon be sealed. “As much as it

hurts us, we have accepted this development and we respect it,”

commented the club’s director of sport Horst Heldt. “How things

develop with Manuel Neuer will emerge in the coming weeks and maybe

months, but we are now concentrating on our sporting challenges and

the rest will follow in due course.” Neuer also confirmed his

commitment to the Royal Blues for the final few weeks of the season

in which they are playing for a place in the final of the Champions

League and for the DFB-Pokal. “I have made this decision and I

wanted to make it public, but now all of the concentration focuses

on Schalke’s goals for the season,” he added. “I agree with Horst

Heldt that we must have peace and quiet to be as successful as

possible in the coming games.”