Schalke play down Holtby return

Lewis Holtby is unlikely to return to Schalke this winter because the Bundesliga club say they cannot afford him.

Last Updated: 19/01/14 at 12:06 Post Comment

Lewis Holtby: Linked with a return to Germany

Lewis Holtby: Linked with a return to Germany

Lewis Holtby is unlikely to return to Schalke this winter because the Bundesliga club say they simply cannot afford him.

The German midfielder joined Tottenham a year ago, but he has failed to hold down a regular starting berth at White Hart Lane.

Former club Schalke are keen on bringing him back to Gelsenkirchen, but until a player leaves there will be no room on the wage bill for the former Germany Under-21 captain.

"We can't really imagine such a transfer financially," Schalke coach Jens Keller told Germany's Bild newspaper.

"Talks have not yet reached an advanced stage."

Holtby is Keller's preferred choice to replace Jermaine Jones, but until the United States international finds another club Schalke have no leverage in the transfer market.

They have yet to receive a single enquiry for the 32-year-old, who chose not to travel to the club's winter training camp with a move expected this winter.

"Lewis has already played as a defensive midfielder under me," added Keller, whose side are

into the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will face Real Madrid.

"He can play there and is tactically very well-schooled."


New Sky Bet customers: Free matched bet up to £30


Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's why Mourinho is so successful. He gives players a specific, limited set of functions to perform. They are but a cog in a machine. Do no more, do no less. I assume he learnt it from LvG :)

red_devil83
Fellaini Has Politely Become Undroppable

I

really hope that someone in the mainstream media spots that the Bayern manager played for and managed Barcelona quite well, and thinks to mention it in the build up. That would be really interesting.

megabrow (cufc)
Barcelona to face Bayern

Y

our gob says one thing, Brendan, the results say something else.

balls-to-monty
Rodgers bullish over Anfield future

Footer 365

League Two round-up: Tranmere and Cheltenham relegated to Conference

Shrewsbury secured promotion to League One by beating Cheltenham, whose relegation fate was sealed along with Tranmere.

Liverpool were 'outstanding', says boss Brendan Rodgers after West Brom draw

Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool were 'outstanding' after their 0-0 draw against West Brom.

Man City 3-2 Aston Villa: Brad Guzan drops howler before Fernandinho strikes late as City go second

Fernandinho struck in the 89th minute to hand Manchester City a dramatic 3-2 victory over Aston Villa in the Premier League.

Mail Box

Chelsea Millions Should Buy Better...

For the money they have spent, Chelsea should be playing like the Harlem Globetrotters rather than Atletico. We have mails on Cesc, Brendan Rodgers and...

Brendan Rodgers Is David Cameron...

Rodgers is compared to the Prime Minister, insomuch as he has a right to peddle bulls**t, apparently. Plus why comparing Arsene Wenger to Diego Simeone is a mug's game...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company