Benedikt Howedes rejects two offers to remain with Schalke 04

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Benedikt Howedes will remain at Schalke next season, despite the club receiving two offers for the centre-back, according to the club's general manager Horst Heldt. 

Howedes was part of Germany's 2014 World Cup winning team and was one of three players in the squad to play every minute of the tournament.

The 27-year old is regarded as one of the most reliable defenders in the Bundesliga, and his ability to play anywhere across the back four has sparked interest in recent months from Arsenal and Manchester United. 

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Howedes to stay with Bundesliga side

Despite interest from other top teams in Europe, Howedes has snubbed Champions League football, opting to instead remain with Schalke, who finished in a disappointing sixth in the Bundesliga. 

The centre-back has played his entire career at the German club since signing as a 13-year old in 2001. 

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When talking to Goal, General manager, Heldt said: "He had two offers from abroad. We are happy he decided to keep on playing for Schalke.”

Meanwhile, André Breitenreiter, who was announced as Robert Di Matteo's successor as manager, said that the World Cup-winning defender is crucial to rebuilding a competitive squad for next season. 

“It is very important for me to have a player like Howedes on my side.

“We have to find our unity again both on and off the pitch.

"Only then can we play successful football again. We have top players and when they rediscover their belief in their strengths they will then show their full potential.“

Manchester United target centre-back

United showed defensive vulnerabilities last season, and Van Gaal is looking to make a few additions to tighten up the defence for next season. Howedes joining the Red Devils may now be off the cards, but according to the Independent, Manchester United have reached a verbal agreement with Nicolas Otamendi's agent. 

The defender, who plays for Valencia and is currently at the Copa America with Argentina, has reportedly been offered a four-year deal by Van Gaal. However, negotiations have come to a stand-still with Valencia believed to be wanting £35m for the centre-back. 

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