Schalke 04 open contract negotiations with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

Schalke's Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar celebrates scoring the 1-0 goal during the German First division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 vs FC Augsburg in Gelsenkirchen on October 31, 2014
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Schalke 04 general manager Horst Heldt confirms that the club have started contract negotiations with star striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Schalke 04 general manager Horst Heldt has confirmed that the club have started preliminary discussions with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar over a new contract.

Huntelaar, who has scored 98 goals in just 152 appearances for Schalke since joining the club from AC Milan in 2010, has been linked with a number of European clubs in recent months.

However, Schalke are hoping that they can avoid losing the 31-year-old, whose current deal expires at the end of the season.

"I am able to confirm a chat with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar," Heldt revealed to German newspaper Bild.

"It was a good conversation. Both parties have signalled a basic interest in a new agreement to carry on together in the future."

Huntelaar scored the winner in Schalke's 1-0 victory over Augsburg on Friday night.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Netherlands and Mexico at Castelao on June 29, 2014
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