Schalke 04 have confirmed that Dutch forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar will depart the club following their relegation.
Huntelaar returned to Schalke in January from Ajax with the goal of helping the club remain in the Bundesliga.
However, the striker suffered injuries and only made nine appearances, scoring twice.
There had been some reports that Schalke would look to extend the forward’s deal
However, the club have now confirmed that Huntelaar will leave.
Schalke confirms Huntelaar is leaving
Schalke director of sports and communication Peter Knäbel confirmed that Huntelaar is leaving on the club website.
“This decision hurts both sportingly and personally.”
“Given the current budget and the composition of the squad, with all the challenges for the coming season, we saw no alternative.”
“That’s how honest we have to be. We have to make decisions now, there is no time to wait,” he said.
It now remains to be seen whether Huntelaar will choose to retire .
Meanwhile, the 37-year-old may fancy a season in the Netherlands with either De Graafschap or Heerenveen.
Sead Kolasinac also released
Defender Sead Kolasinac was also released after Schalke’s failure to sign him on a permanent deal.
Kolasinac joined the German club on loan in January after falling down the pecking order under Mikel Arteta.
The 27-year-old was expected to stay at Schalke beyond the end of his loan.
But that won’t happen after they were relegated from the Bundesliga.
Kolasinac will now return to Arsenal.