Max Meyer’s situation at Schalke has been under question for years.

The 22 year old has long been considered one of Germany’s best talents but there’s been disagreement at times with the way Schalke have handled him and managed his progress.

With a contract ending in the summer, Meyer’s future is now even more under the microscope and Germany’s Kicker have used Stoke City’s Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to suggest everything isn’t as it seems.

Both men are represented by the Wittmann agency, and Kicker say: ‘Wittmann always suggested to Schalke that half of Europe was tearing up for the free-transfer of Choupo-Moting. Last summer they finally housed the 28-year-old Cameroonian at… Stoke City. The team is currently second to last in the Premier League.’

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It’s a little disingenuous from Kicker. Meyer has been linked to big clubs around Europe for several years, with repeated and strong claims of interest from the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal.

That simply wasn’t the case with Choupo-Moting before his move to Stoke City. If Meyer does decide to leave Schalke in the summer then he’s unlikely to be short of offers.