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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar frustrated with Schalke display

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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar revealed his frustration following Schalke’s draw to Eintracht Frankfurt and if results continue he could force a move to the Premier League earlier than anticipated.

This week, the Dutch forward signalled after his side’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Champions League that a move to the English league was on the table. However, Huntelaar was insistent on playing through his contract with the club which doesn’t expire until the end of the season.

This has calmed a few Schalke fans but many are still disappointed with how their side have started the new season.

After four games, the Royal Blues remain in 16th without a win and in their most recent outing they scraped a 2-2 draw with Frankfurt after coming from behind. Two Schalke players, including Julian Draxler, were sent off as well as one Frankfurt player in an eventful encounter. 

Claw our way back

Huntelaar was frustrated that his side were set back in the first half but felt the team showed character to save a point.

He said to Bundesliga.com: “We didn't start well, we made things difficult for ourselves and went 2-0 down early on, which didn't make things particularly easy.

“We responded well though and started to claw our way back into the match. It's a shame that we got two red cards. If we hadn't I think we would have won.”

Although he was dismissed in the second half, Draxler claimed the equaliser following on from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who scored for the second consecutive week.

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Following a strong outing in the middle of the week it was predicted that Jens Keller’s side would carry this momentum into their next match at home but they seem to have suffered jet lag.

Huntelaar netted their first goal of the season but he has failed to add to his tally then. Despite this, the 30 year-old holds a strong record when wearing blue. In 143 appearances, the poacher has scored 93 goals during his six years of service at the Veltins-Arena.

Interest in the Blue duo

Both Huntelaar and Draxler were subjects to moves to the Premier League this summer but neither negotiated a move away from Germany.

Arsenal’s interest in the striker was well documented and it seemed the Gunners were prepared to bid for the player and activate his £12.5 million release clause.

This speculation was swept aside after the announcement of Danny Welbeck’s arrival and it was revealed soon after that the club didn’t make a formal bid for Huntelaar.

Draxler has a £45.5 million release clause and Wenger is hesitant to make another hefty deal for another creative midfielder in that price range.

Earlier this year the German had announced that he wanted to stay at the club for another year but with results not improving perhaps both of Schalke’s greatest assets would consider moves to London in the next transfer window.

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