Reported Liverpool and Leicester City target Ozan Kabak isn’t going anywhere this summer, Schalke sporting director Jochen Schneider has told BuliNews.
Considering David Wagner’s side conceded 58 times en route to a disappointing bottom-half finish in the Bundesliga last season, speculation linking one of Europe’s top young centre-backs with a move away from the Veltins Arena understandably had the Gelsenkirchen faithful concerned.
BILD reported in August that Liverpool were interested in another under-the-radar rising star, with Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League champions yet to replace the departed Dejan Lovren.
Leicester are also interested in reuniting Kabak with his Turkey international teammate Caglar Soyuncu at the heart of Brendan Rodgers’ back line, according to the Daily Mail.
However, just one year after he swapped relegated Stuttgart for Schalke, £13 million Kabak is key to Schalke’s hopes of re-establishing themselves at the top of German football.
“Last year we managed to sign Ozan, who is one of the biggest talents in Europe at his position, and we are extremely happy about that,” said Schneider.
“Ozan is a great player and a wonderful person. We are delighted he is with us. Our fans can be reassured Ozan will not leave.”
While Leicester kept a clean sheet in their opening-day victory over a newly promoted side – Slaven Bilic’s West Brom – Liverpool were perhaps fortunate to only concede three times at home to a whirling, free-wheeling Leeds United at Anfield.
Joe Gomez and even Virgil van Dijk looked at sea without a life-raft against Patrick Bamford and co.
And it remains to be seen whether Liverpool will be forced to dip into the market between now and the start of October.
Liverpool’s trophies under Jurgen Klopp
UEFA Super Cup
FIFA Club World Cup