Manchester United target Manuel Neuer wants to stay in Germany

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Schalke goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has ruled out a move abroad, but he has yet to fully commit his future to the Gelsenkirchen-based club amid rumoured interest from Bayern Munich.

The Germany number one still has over a year left to run on his contract with the Royal Blues, who are keen to tie him down to a new deal to warn off the likes of Bayern and Manchester United.

However, Neuer is not yet fully convinced about his future in Gelsenkirchen given Schalke's failure to compete in the Bundesliga this season.

But he is adamant he wants to stay in Germany - even with reported interest from the likes of United.

"I definitely want to win the Bundesliga once in my career," he said.

"I can go abroad twice a year, once for a summer holiday and once for a winter holiday, but whether I need to go abroad to play football - some players say you do, but I see things differently."

Neuer has the chance of winning some silverware this year with Schalke already in the final of the DFB-Pokal and into the last eight of the Champions League.

Bayern, on the other hand, are almost certainly going to end the season empty-handed and the potential for success is one of the criteria Neuer will be considering when the time comes to make up his mind about his future.

"The priorities are always success and how happy you are, and you have got to think of yourself," he added in Kicker magazine.

"I have won the League Cup twice and I hope to add the DFB-Pokal in May."

Whether Neuer would be happy in Munich is another question.

When Bayern hosted Schalke at the Allianz Arena a few weeks ago, many of the home fans held up banners making it clear that Neuer would not be welcome at their club.

That has not put the 24-year-old off, though.

"I got a lot of correspondence afterwards, also from Bayern fans, who apologised for what happened," he said.

"It was a strange situation and it would have been better had such a thing not happened.

"(The Bayern management) acted professionally and made it clear to me that it was just a minority protesting against me.

"It was uncomfortable for the Bayern management too."



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