Huntelaar happy despite United link

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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would be willing to discuss a new contract at Schalke after admitting he could finish his playing career with the Bundesliga club, reports

The 28-year-old Netherlands international moved to Germany from AC Milan in 2010, and has enjoyed a prolific spell, scoring 33 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions this season.

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been credited with an interest in signing Huntelaar, with reports suggesting the Schalke striker could have moved to Old Trafford during the January transfer window.

Premier League interest has prevented the hit-man from committing his long-term future to Gelsenkirchen, though he insists he is prepared to open negotiations over a new deal.

"If Schalke is willing to negotiate a deal, we will sit down and discuss this," Huntelaar told BILD. "I am ready to listen to what Schalke would be prepared to offer.

"It would be an option for me to retire from the game as a Schalke player."

Huntelaar is under contract at Schalke until the summer of 2013, meaning if no new deal is agreed he can begin speaking to other clubs in the summer. However, the Dutchman appears to be perfectly happy in his current situation, with aspirations for future success in Germany.

"We have a young squad and first team," he continued. [But] to win the German Bundesliga with Schalke would be like a dream coming true.

"Anyway, if there is another good club looking to offer me something, I would consider this also."

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