Werder Bremen are close to extending the contract of their young starlet, Davie Selkie – closing the door on any approaches from the Premier League.
The Germany Under-19 International has attracted interest from both Benfica and Sporting Lisbon from the Portuguese league as well as an unnamed English club.
But according to German newspaper, Bild, the Bundesliga side are close to sealing a new deal with the striker which will contain no opts out clause and will extend his current contract until 2018.
Selke’s father, Teddy told Bild, "The talks with Werder were very positive. Davie said to offerings from other clubs: Sounds cool, but that is not an option for me.
“He would just like to stay at Werder.”
According to these latest reports, Selke was looking for a move in the summer window however, after the club outlined their intentions to keep the young prospect, the 20 year-old changed his mind and is now keen to graft for a place in the starting eleven.
The club’s general manager, Thomas Eichin, spoke after the UEFA European Under-19 Championships in Hungary claiming that there was a plan in place to slowly integrate the striker into the first team squad this season.
Confirmation of this deal is set to be official in the next one to two weeks according to these reports.
Six goals in the Euros
Selke attracted attention after his performances for his country at the Under-19 European Championships where he scored six goals in total as Germany went on to clinch the title. They beat Portugal 1-0 in the final, making this the German’s second European crown.
He has particularly excelled on the European stage having made 28 appearances for his country, ranging from the Under-16’s where he began his career through to the Under-19s. In his last eight games for his country he has netted 11 times.
Werder Bremen have made an unbeaten start to the new season but they sit just 11th in the table having drawn all of their matches so far. They recently fought off the imperious threat of Bayer Leverkusen at the Bay Arena as they shared a point in their 3-3 draw. They have come back from behind four times already this season.
Last season the striker was often overlooked by manager, Robin Dutt, as he didn’t feel he was ready and he spent most of his time playing in the second team.
So far this season he has featured in every game and he has started the last two against 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen. Although he has failed to find the net so far, the young German will remain confident that he is still getting the nod from Dutt.