Andre Schurrle and Lukas Podolski not on Schalke's shopping list

Lukas Podolski and Andre Schurrle not wanted by Schalke in January. (©GettyImages)

Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt has offered reassurances to Chelsea and Arsenal by insisting that he has no interest in luring Andre Schurrle or Lukas Podolski back to the Bundesliga in January.

The Daily Mail carries quotes from the 44-year-old chief taken from an interview with German newspaper Sport Bild, whereby he denies plans to take either player to the Veltins-Arena with the offer of regular first-team football.

Roberto Di Matteo's recent appointment in Gelsenkirchen has led to speculation linking Schalke with moves for a number of Premier League stars, including some that the Italian tactician coached during his brief stint in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Schurrle has found regular action difficult to come by in Jose Mourinho's side this season, managing just four starts in the league, while Podolski has been restricted to less than 200 minutes of action for Arsenal in 2014/15.

There has been talk of both players leaving the capital in the mid-season window, but Schalke will not be the destination for either player after Heldt ruled out the possibility.

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"We're not considering Andre Schurrle at all," he said. "And the same goes for Xherdan Shaqiri and Lukas Podolski."

Arsene Wenger was quizzed about Podolski's future at the Emirates Stadium in an interview with beINsport over the weekend, and the Gunners boss insisted that the World Cup winner would be going nowhere in January, despite the player openly airing his frustration during a press conference while on international duty this week.

If Arsenal are going to keep the 29-year-old happy then they'll surely have to play him more frequently, however, the imminent return of Olivier Giroud from injury is going to increase competition for places in attack even further.

What does the future hold?

Joel Campbell is another player that finds himself on the fringes of the first-team squad, and has been linked with a move away from north London in January as well.

The Costa Rica star played a starring role for his country at the World Cup in Brazil over the summer, but has seen his development halted this term by Wenger's reluctance to pick him over the course of the campaign so far.

Recent reports have surfaced suggesting Campbell is unhappy with the way he has been treated by the Frenchman, but the 22-year-old rubbished those rumours by posting to his personal website insisting he is content with life in England.

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