Heavily coveted Manchester United target and Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has revealed that a decision on his future has already been taken according to soccernet.espn.com.
The 25-year-old German international stopper has attracted the attention of a number of clubs across Europe, all said to be vying for his signature in the summer.
Manchester United have long been linked with a move for Neuer to fill the Old Trafford void that will be left by the retiring Edwin Van der Sar who will leave the Red Devils at the end of the current campaign.
Sir Alex Ferguson has reportedly been tracking Neuer for some time but also faces competition from Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. However, both clubs will be concerned by the player’s latest comments.
"The decision has been taken," said Neuer, speaking after his side's 1-1 draw with Werder Bremen at the weekend.
"The people who need to know already know. This has all been settled."
Schalke's general manager Horst Heldt moved quickly to play down speculation that a summer transfer to Old Trafford had already been agreed.
"There is no final decision as yet because he has a contract until 2012. We won't delay the announcement of the decision [on his future] forever, but now isn't the right time."
Neuer is preparing along with his Schalke teammates for a Champions League semi-final showdown with Manchester United, giving Red Devils fans the chance to see their summer transfer target in action.
United fans will be hoping he doesn't perform too well to the point that it stops Neuer's potential future employers from achieving European glory.
But they will undoubtedly look on with added interest to see the capabilities of the German stopper.
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