Official: Schalke players confirm departure of Arsenal target Leon Goretzka

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Leon Goretzka’s Schalke colleagues have already accepted that he will leave the club, but they aren’t exactly sure when.

The German talent has attracted interest from virtually every European heavyweight after numerous dazzling displays in the Bundesliga.

Arsenal, Barcelona, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester United have all been credited with interest in the 22-year-old, who netted a brilliant backheel against Azerbaijan on Sunday.

Schalke captain Ralf Fahrmann spoke about the midfielder, and conceded that he will probably leave the club.

He said: “I’d like him to stay here for a long time. But you also have to be honest. A man with his qualities is difficult to keep in the long run. In the long run, he will land at one of the top clubs. The only question is when?”

German newspaper Bild claim there are a number of clauses in Goretzka’s contract that mean Schalke are unlikely to sell in January.

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