Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, a reported transfer target for Arsenal and Liverpool, has revealed there was interest in his signature from the Premier League, before he penned a new deal with Schalke.
The 29-year-old Netherlands international surprised everyone by committing his future to Schalke despite reports suggesting he was close to agreeing a transfer to Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger was frequently linked with Huntelaar as the Arsenal boss strives to bring reinforcements to the Emirates Stadium, while Liverpool were reportedly set to battle the Gunners for his signing.
Liverpool eventually secured a deal for Daniel Sturridge to provide support for Luis Suarez, and it is unclear if Brendan Rodgers was among those to approach Schalke about Huntelaar's availability.
The Dutchman has confirmed enquires 'a number of clubs' from England were interested in signing him - although did not confirm Arsenal or Liverpool by name - but insists he never entered into talks with a Premier League side.
"A number of clubs from England enquired about me. However, I never opened contract talks with any of those teams," Huntelaar told Welt.
"I asked myself whether I wanted to stay put or make the move to England. The Premier League is the only top league in Europe where I have not played yet.
"The most important thing for me was that my family feels well, though. And we have everything we need here at Schalke."