Schalke head of sports Jochen Schneider insists the club will sit down with Everton to talk about Jonjoe Kenny in the summer.
Kenny joined the Bundesliga club on loan in the summer, having found his chances of first-team football limited at Everton.
He has proven to be a big hit in Germany, establishing himself as a first-team regular under David Wagner and impressing with his performances.
They are keen to keep him beyond the summer, with them planning to discuss the possibility of that with Everton, although reports have indicated that may be tough as his performances have attracted interest from elsewhere.
Schneider, though, insists there are plans to sit down with the Toffees and explore the possibility of keeping the 22-year-old Scouser.
Speaking to WAZ, he said that there is “a very good and trusting exchange with those responsible at Kenny’s parent club Everton FC”, indicating there is a good relationship between both clubs.
On the prospect of keeping Kenny, he said that they will assess everything, from “the situation at Everton, the situation of the player and that of FC Schalke 04” to see if there is a deal that suits all parties.
Whether Kenny does stay in Germany is likely to rest heavily on what business Everton do in the summer, though.
They currently have Seamus Coleman and Djibril Sidibé in the position, hence Kenny heading out on loan in the summer.
There is a purchase option Sidibé’s loan and should they look to activate that, then Kenny’s chances of moving again will only be increased.