Schalke boss denies move for Arsenal, Chelsea men and Liverpool target

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Schalke 04 director of football Horst Heldt has ruled out his club signing Lukas Podolski and Andre Schurrle in January.

Both men featured for their country at the Germans victorious World Cup campaign in Brazil, with Chelsea winger Schurrle starring in the semi-final and final of the tournament, whilst Podolski feature just twice in the group stages.

Despite claiming football’s biggest prize in the summer, the pair have struggle to break into their respective first-teams since their return to the Premier League, with Schurrle looking remarkably off-form for the Blues after a positive start to the season, and Arsenal forward Podolski yet to make a Champions League or Premier League start this term.

Both are reportedly on the market for the January transfer window, with Blues head coach Jose Mourinho keen on selling Schurrle to raise funds for German teammate Marco Reus, and Podolski searching for a return to his homeland in the search for first-team football. A number of clubs were said to be keen on the pair - with Tottenham Hotspur said to be tracking 24-year-old Schurrle - but one interested party have vehemently denied any potential deal.

Bundesliga side Schalke, managed by ex-Chelsea man Roberto Di Matteo, were tracking the pair earlier in the year as they looked to strengthen following Di Matteo’s appointment, and, with the likely departure of wonderkid Julian Draxler, replacement forwards were said to be top of the list.

However, director of football Horst Heldt admitted to Bild - and quoted by the Standard - that Die Konigsblauen will certainly not be making a move for the pair, along with Bayern Munich’s Xherdan Shaqiri.

He said: “We're not considering Andre Schurrle at all.

“And the same goes for Xherdan Shaqiri and Lukas Podolski.”

The news will be welcome to Spurs, eliminating one potential rival in the race to sign Schurrle, whilst Premier League strugglers Liverpool will also be pleased to know that Shaqiri is more freely available in January with Schalke off the market for the Swiss international, after the Reds failed in their attempts to sign the 23-year-old winger over the summer.

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