Following recovery from injury, Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka has transformed his reputation and got himself back on the right track. A poor club season, though not individually, meant that for most it was seen as time for Goretzka to make his way from the Royal Blues, with Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Arsenal all linked.

However, the German international himself poured cold water on these links.

When asked recently about where his future lay, whether with Bayern or elsewhere, he was quiet clear: “I have not set a deadline. The decision depends on many factors and is not easy.”

However, he did appear to be quite interested in the idea of moving abroad eventually, saying “It is not that I categorically exclude it.” He went on to confirm that “There is no agreement (with Bayern), it is complete nonsense.”

This should get Schalke fans a bit of breathing room, should they have been worried about the imminent exit of one of their most exciting and engaging talents. In the last two seasons, Goretzka has played 55 games, having become a player known for winning the ball back in midfield – with 220 ball reclamations in two seasons, a league-high total.

Without doubt, Goretzka is one of the finest young midfielders in the country. With a single year left on his deal, a failure to renew could see a real rush around Europe for a player who is set to take the world by storm as he’s finally injury free.