Transfer News: German Midfielder Plays-Down Move Reports

By on November 6, 2012

Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer rumours doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Lewis Holtby distances himself from Arsenal and Liverpool talk.

Lewis Holtby

Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby has distanced himself from speculation linking him with a move to Arsenal and Liverpool, according to ITV.

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The 22-year-old – who is half English due to his father being from Liverpool – has been in impressive form this season, including an excellent display during Schalke’s 2-0 win over the Gunners at the Emirates two weeks ago.

Holtby is out of contract at the end of the season and is no closer to agreeing terms over an extension with the German outfit.  This has lead to intense speculation over his future with Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool strongly linked with the German international.

However, the player has moved to play down the speculation insisting he’s a Schalke player and is only focussed on playing his football.

“I think people talk about it too much in the media,” Holtby said. “I am blue and white, I am with Schalke and agents are there to deal with that.

“My focus is on the squad, the team, the club and tomorrow’s game.

“Other people can talk about it, but I just want three points for me and my team. Everything else I just put to the side.

“I play for Schalke, I don’t play for Liverpool, Arsenal or anyone else.”

Holtby is quoted as saying by ITV

Holtby is an all-round midfielder who has an eye for goal, with 7 strikes in his 37 games for Schalke so far in his career. He was eligible to play for England before being capped by Germany during a World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in June 2011.

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