It’s bad news for Arsenal as Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka is expected to remain at the Veltins-Arena next season despite speculation over his future with 12 months left on his current deal. The club’s sporting director Christian Heidel revealed the club’s plans to have Goretzka and Breel Embolo in the side for the upcoming campaign.
“We will go into an exciting season with Breel Embolo and Leon Goretzka,” he said in a recent AGM. Goretzka himself was coy when asked about his future, hinting that he’s open to an exit after this summer’s Confederations Cup. “I’m not going to give state-of-play updates, but if there are facts, I will announce them,” he said.
“I’m not the type to be impressed by newspaper reports, I know what my qualities are, but I will not build myself up. I won’t talk on possible switches to a different club [during the tournament]. As soon as there are facts I will be providing them and publicising them on what my decision is. But now there is no news in that respect.”
The 22-year-old made 30 Bundesliga appearances last season, scoring five goals and making three assists for Schalke. Goretzka could leave the club on a free transfer the following summer unless the German outfit cash in ahead of the upcoming campaign. Arsenal are believed to be very keen on the midfielder, reportedly rated at £21m, but it’s unknown if they will make a bid.