Schalke manager Heldt says Holtby isn’t happy at Tottenham, Arsenal haven’t bid for Draxler

Bundesliga outfit Schalke had a difficult Saturday on and off the pitch as the Royals Blues lost 2-1 to Cologne in a friendly, and after the game manager Horst Heldt had to battle the press.

After a brief chit-chat about the defeat, journalists jumped on Heldt to find out the latest on transfer rumours swirling around Gelsenkirchen involving the possible signing of Tottenham’s Lewis Holtby and the possible sale of Julian Draxler to Arsenal.

Happily Heldt answered the questions, and have the following report of the manager’s remarks:

It’s clear that a coach will always want as many tactical variations as possible. It is of course annoying that Jan Kirchhoff [is now missing through injury].

On the subject of Lewis: I’ve always said that we keep our eyes open. We have been in contact with Lewis, who is never torn down. He feels currently not quite as well in London. There is nothing more to say. 

We are definitely not in a situation where you can say [Holtby is coming], we would be in negotiations with Tottenham. 

I am not aware that Julian [Draxler] would like to leave us, neither in winter nor in summer. There have been no bids regarding Julian. At the end of it, it’s just wild speculation which takes place over there in England. The clubs [Arsenal] would have to get in touch if they are interested.

Ex-Swindon striker, now in-the-known Norwegian pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft has also been following Schalke’s manager’s quotes on Saturday, and Fjortoft has outlined his thoughts of Holtby leaving Tottenham and Draxler moving to Arsenal on Twitter.

Jan Aage Fjortoft’s tweets are below.

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