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Arsenal on alert as target rejects new deal

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Schalke midfielder Max Meyer has confirmed to German newspaper BILD that he has rejected a contract extension to stay with the Bundesliga club.

The 21-year-old has a contract that expires next summer, and he was linked by the Sun with a move to Arsenal in April. Asked yesterday about the new offer on the table from Schalke, Meyer replied:

“I have an offer to extend, but with my management [team] we have decided not to accept it.”

Meyer was then asked whether a move to Bundesliga rivals Wolfsburg could be on the cards, but the German international was dismissive of the link, telling BILD:

“This is not an option for me.”

Meyer struggled last season for form with just two goals and five assists in 39 games for Schalke. He is however seen as one of Germany’s brightest young prospects with four full international caps already to his name.

He generally plays in the number 10 role behind a striker, but can also play off either flanks if required. Many clubs, reportedly including Tottenham, are monitoring Meyer’s situation with the player having only 12 months to run on his current deal.

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