Neuer: 'I've betrayed no one'

Neuer: 'I've betrayed no one'

Published May. 18, 2011 1:58 p.m. ET

Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer insists he has "betrayed no one" as speculation mounts that he will leave the Gelsenkirchen club this summer.

Bayern Munich and Manchester United have been strongly linked with the 25-year-old Germany number one, who has said he will not sign a new contract with Schalke once his current deal expires in 2012.

Neuer is adamant he has been honest in his dealings with the club and told the Bild newspaper: "I have betrayed no one. All I have done is tell Schalke that I will not be renewing my contract in 2012. I have not lied or broken a promise.

"I would never do that because I love Schalke. I have always given everything for this club. This club is a piece of home for me and will remain so for sure.


"I know there are some that have now chosen to label me as a Judas, others accept my decision and respect it at least."

Neuer, who is born and bred in Gelsenkirchen and has progressed from the youth team to captain the first team at Schalke, is hoping to win his first piece of silverware with the club in this weekend's DFB-Pokal final against second division Duisburg.

He added: "We are of course favourites and we want to be celebrating at the end of the game.

"It would be my first title as a professional with Schalke and something I would never forget for the rest of my life. Our goal is that we win the cup for us and the fans!"