Schalke have confirmed through an official announcement that goalkeeper Alexander Nubel, who has been linked with a move to Spurs, will leave the club at the end of the season.
The 23-year-old’s contract with the German club runs out at the end of the current campaign and they have now confirmed that he will not be signing an extension before the summer.
The club’s sporting director Jochen Schneider said:”Following all the discussions that we have had with Alexander Nübel and his agent in recent months, we aren’t surprised by his decision and of course respect it. However, we don’t need to understand his decision.
“In recent months, we have clearly shown through words and actions how much of a central role he could have played with us in the future: a role that entails leading a very young team, which has already won over many admirers in the first half of the season, as goalkeeper and as captain.
“I’m convinced that Alex will give everything for the club until the end of the season. From summer 2020, we will continue on our path without him.”
European football expert Kevin Hatchard told talkSPORT last month that Tottenham Hotspur have identified Nubel as a potential target next summer.
Despite being so young, the German stopper was appointed as the club’s captain at the start of this campaign, thus drawing comparisons with legendary goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who also came through the ranks at Schalke before making the move to Bayern Munich in 2011.
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If Tottenham are looking for a long term successor for Hugo Lloris, then they can do a lot worse than trying to sign Nubel. The 23-year-old is one of the best young goalkeepers in world football and the fact he will be available for free next summer is an added bonus.
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