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Schalke 04's Lewis Holtby (centre) battle for the ball with Arsenal's Francis Coquelin in last month's encounter at the Emirates Stadium. Photo credit: Sean Dempsey/PA wire Schalke 04's Lewis Holtby (centre) battle for the ball with Arsenal's Francis Coquelin in last month's encounter at the Emirates Stadium. Photo credit: Sean Dempsey/PA wire

Thursday, November 15, 2012
9:13 PM

Transfer news: Schalke general manager Horst Heldt has insisted that the club want to keep Lewis Holtby and Klass-Jan Huntelaar with the German side.

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Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrates scoring against Arsenal in the Champions League. Photo credit: Sean Dempsey/PA wireSchalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrates scoring against Arsenal in the Champions League. Photo credit: Sean Dempsey/PA wire

The duo’s contracts expire at the end of the season with Everton and Arsenal interested in Holtby, while Liverpool and Tottenham are eyeing Huntelaar.

Heldt said: “I cannot confirm today’s headlines in the media about Lewis Holtby but we’re in a constant, good exchange.

“We’re in intensive talks with Holtby and Huntelaar and want to extend both contracts.”

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