Liverpool target Klaas-Jan Huntelaar admits he rejected Premier League interest for new Schalke deal

Klass Jan Huntelaar Netherlands

The Dutch international striker is set to finish his career in the Bundesliga.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar in the past has always been a Premier League target. In recent weeks it has been Liverpool declared as keen. Considering their lack of firepower his signature would have been a no-brainer.

The Dutch international striker has banged in the goals throughout his career with spells at PSV Eindhoven, Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan and now for Schalke.

But he has not yet graced the Premier League. He has been linked with the likes of Tottenham, Everton and Liverpool in the past - while Arsenal have always remained an interested party.

Those Liverpool rumours were expected to continue into the new year, especially with his contract at Schalke coming to an end in the summer. But, as was the case two seasons ago, when the likes of Arsenal and Spurs were strongly linked with his signature, Huntelaar recently signed a two-year extension at Schalke until 2017 - declaring his wish to retire at the Veltins Arena.

The Dutch international striker has banged in the goals throughout his career with spells at PSV Eindhoven, Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan and now for Schalke.

Now he admits his time to join a Premier League team has passed.

Speaking to Helden Magazine he made it clear that if he was to have played for Liverpool, Arsenal or Spurs it would have had to of been before he joined Schalke - as he has grown to love the Gelsenkirchen club:

"Schalke is a great club, we do not live too far from Gelsenkirchen, we are with our family great for our purposes. There was interest from other clubs, including Premier League. But as I've said in the last Heroes Magazine, the order should be reversed. First England and then Schalke...

"The club has a lot of confidence in me and I have great confidence in the coaching staff and the club."

It looks like 'The Hunter' will never be on the prowl in England.

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