Schalke call for Manchester United & Southampton-linked Nigel de Jong

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Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has called on Holland international colleague Nigel de Jong to shun Manchester United and Southampton interest and join him at Schalke.

Manchester United wanted Nigel de Jong over the summer, if reports are to be believed.

Louis van Gaal, upon inheriting the managerial reins at Old Trafford, was quick to turn his attention towards those he knows well following another stint in charge of the Dutch national side.

He was able to land Daley Blind, but De Jong remains on the books at Serie A giants AC Milan.

It is unlikely that he will hang around long at the San Siro, though, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.

The 30-year-old midfielder will be free to speak with interested parties from January, and reports suggest that United and Southampton remain keen on bringing the former Manchester City man back to the Premier League.

They are likely to face competition for his signature, though, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar calling on his international colleague to join him at Bundesliga side Schalke.

He told Helden: "I recommended De Jong to [CEO Horst] Heldt. I have spoken to him about De Jong, as I have other Dutch footballers whose contracts are expiring and could make us better.

"But it's not for me to decide who should arrive at Schalke. I can only give some advice. It's the club who will decide who to bet on."

Huntelaar has recently committed his future to Schalke by penning a two-year contract extension.

De Jong would have no problem slipping into the fold alongside the striker in Germany, having previously spent time with Hamburg.

He has recently expressed a desire to remain in Milan, but no fresh terms have been agreed and he may now jump at the chance to join an ambitious club in another division that he knows well.

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