Former Spurs man influential in Chelsea target's new Schalke deal

Max Meyer has spoken fondly of his FC Schalke teammate Kevin-Prince Boateng.

FC Schalke youngster Max Meyer has spoken of his close relationship with former Tottenham Hotspur star Kevin-Prince Boateng.

The 18-year-old was being strongly linked with a move to Premier League giants Chelsea before Christmas, with Jose Mourinho reportedly keen to invest in the teenage midfielder.

However, Schalke managed to get him to commit to a new contract with a three-and-a-half year deal and it’s transpired that Boateng may have had a lot to do with talking the youngster into signing on the dotted line.

Meyer has described Boateng like a ‘brother’ in Bild and has spoken fondly of his relationship with the 26-year-old.

“The praise pleased me enormously. I do not know how he was at 18. But today he is a strong personality and an absolute leader. For me, he is always there and like a big brother,” said Meyer.

Despite the fact that Boateng is still very young himself, he does have a great deal of experience having played in the top flights of big European leagues including the Premier League, Serie A and now the Bundesliga.

He also started his senior career in German football between 2004 and 2007 with Hertha Berlin, which means he will always be well placed to offer someone in a similar situation advice.

Meyer is now committed to Schalke until he breaks into his early 20s and it wouldn’t be a surprise if even more high profile, big European clubs are having a sniff around over the next couple of years if he maintains his progression and development.

However, in Boateng, Schalke have an asset and someone who can help to dissuade Meyer from leaving for as long as he’s at the club and with his deal not due to expire until 2017, it could be an almighty scramble for any side to buy Meyer before that point.

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