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Reported Tottenham target Max Meyer will definitely leave Schalke this summer, the German club have confirmed.

Meyer is out of contract at the end of the season, and Schalke’s announcement had been expected for some time.

“Max Meyer will definitely leave Schalke this summer,” said Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel. “We’re dealing with the situation very professionally. It’s all been very amicable.”

Meyer was once considered one of the brightest young talents in German football, but his form has dropped over the last two seasons.

He has, however, already made 200 appearances for Schalke – a lot for a 22-year-old – and could simply be suffering from the weight of expectation put on his shoulders from a young age.

His exit from Schalke could provoke a scramble for his signature with a number of top clubs from across Europe keen to snap him up.

Tottenham have been linked with Meyer on countless occasions over the last year or so, while Liverpool, Arsenal, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are all believed to hold an interest.

Spurs are in need of a deputy for Christian Eriksen, and Meyer would fit the bill. However, he has not been mentioned in recent reports speculating who is on the club’s summer wishlist.

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