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    Schalke ‘strongly believe’ McKennie will stay as USMNT star is linked with Premier League move

    The Bundesliga outfit are, according to their sports director Jochen Schneider, expecting to have the midfielder on their books next season

    Weston McKennie has been linked with an imminent move to the Premier League, but Schalke “strongly believe” that the United States international will be on their books next season.

    The 21-year-old midfielder has a seen a switch mooted which would see him follow in the footsteps of fellow countryman Christian Pulisic.

    Chelsea lured one USMNT star away from the Bundesliga in 2019, with Pulisic heading to Stamford Bridge from Borussia Dortmund.

    McKennie could be the next to trade life in Germany for English football. He is considered to be a player of promise, with close to 100 appearances at club level to go along with the 19 senior caps he has earned with his country.

    Schalke, though, are reluctant to see another top talent slip their net, with the club’s sports director stating his confidence that McKennie can be retained.

    Jochen Schneider has told Sport1: “He is our player. I strongly believe that he will stay with us.”

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    McKennie is considered to have a prominent role to play in Schalke’s future, with the German outfit aware that they cannot afford to invest heavily in ready-made superstars.

    Schneider added: “We won’t be able to afford the seasoned top players in the next few years. We have to be honest.

    “We have to rely on the young players who emerge from the academy, but also on younger players who we bring to the club. Like Suat Serdar, who came two years ago, or Ozan Kabak last season, Weston McKennie, who went through youth system – these are the players we want and need to bet on in the future.”

    Schalke ended the 2019-20 campaign in 12th spot, with any threat of a relegation dogfight fended off.

    The hope is that they will take a positive step forwards next term, but there are several issues to address before then.

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    “[Mark] Uth and [Sebastian] Rudy are coming back. These are seasoned Bundesliga players who are the framework for the team. We plan with them,” said Schneider. “With [Nabil] Bentaleb, we have to see whether Newcastle want to take up the option, but he will be expensive.

    “I don’t want to go into debt anymore. A lot of capital is tied up in players that we have lent out.

    “If we can get good young players then we will also have a good team on the field, which is why we have one of the best youth academies in Germany, if not in Europe, and Norbert Elgert is one of the best instructors out there.”

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