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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Snubs Arsenal, Liverpool and Signs New Contract with Schalke

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23:  Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of FC Schalke 04 during a training session at Emirates Stadium on October 23, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Dusan LucicCorrespondent IIDecember 23, 2012

Christmas came early for Schalke 04 fans this season.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 29, has signed a new two-year contract extension with Schalke 04, putting an end to rumours linking him with a January move to Premier League giants Arsenal and Liverpool, the club has revealed via their official website.

Huntelaar has also taken his time to express his delight at signing the new contract (via the club's official site):

I've thought about this decision long and hard and I'm very grateful that the club officials allowed me the time to do so.

But now I've made the choice I'm most comfortable with. I've always felt at home at Schalke, with the club and the fans, and I want to send out a positive signal now because I believe in our team and I believe we can still achieve a great deal in the second half of the Bundesliga season. And we aren't without a chance against Galatasaray in the last 16 of the Champions League, of course.

What is more, the Netherlands international publicly revealed the news on his personal Twitter:

 

I'm very happy to share this great news with you.. I've signed a new contract with @s04 until 2015..!! facebook.com/photo.php?fbid…

— Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (@KJ_Huntelaar) December 23, 2012

The former Real Madrid man has scored 72 goals in 108 appearances for the Royal Blues, and almost single-handedly pushed the club toward a third-place finish last season, scoring 29 goals and topping the Bundesliga goal-scoring charts in the process.

Schalke's Director of Sport, Horst Heldt, is also thrilled to have the forward sign the new contract:

We had originally agreed with Klaas-Jan not to enter the decisive phase of the negotiations until next month. Our exchange on this issue never really broke off in the last few months. I'm all the more delighted that Klaas-Jan has sent out a clear signal to the whole club for the second half of the season.

Huntelaar's most impressive feat came last season when he broke Hermann Eppenhoff's club record for most goals scored in a season with his 48-goal haul.

The forward, whose contract was supposed to expire at the end of the season, will now remain with the club until the summer of 2015.

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