Schalke confident on Hunterlaar deal

  • Last Updated: August 6 2012, 13:31 BST

Schalke's director of sport Horst Heldt remains confident that Klaas Jan Huntelaar will commit to a new contract at the club.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar: Leading goalscorer last season

The Dutchman was the Bundesliga's top goalscorer last season with 29 strikes, but his current deal with the Gelsenkirchen club expires next summer.

Talks over a new deal have yet to take place and Heldt says he is waiting for a signal from the 28-year-old that he wants to stay with the Royal Blues.

"It is up to Huntelaar," he said. "We want to extend his contract and I believe that it would make sense for both parties.

"But we need him to be 100% convinced. I cannot force any player to sign a new contract."

However, Heldt believes his club can offer Huntelaar everything he needs to be fulfilled.

Not only is Gelsenkirchen close to the Dutch border, enabling him still to live in his home country and commute, but Schalke have also qualified for the Champions League once again and are one of the contenders for the Bundesliga title.

"We finished last season third and played a leading role in the Bundesliga," he told Germany's Sky Sport News.

"We have good cards because I know what we have planned for the future."

Nevertheless, Heldt is also aware that Huntelaar is hardly lacking offers to tempt him away from the club.

"Klaas Jan is an absolutely top-level footballer and of course he will have other options," he added.