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Schalke to keep Fahrmann

Schalke have dismissed speculation that Ralf Fahrmann could leave the club at the end of the season after the goalkeeper was linked with a move to Atletico Madrid.

Fahrmann, who previously left Schalke in 2009 to join Eintracht Frankfurt before returning to the club two years later, only has a further season to run on his contract.

The 25-year-old has been mooted as a target for Atletico, who are likely to see Thibaut Courtois return to Chelsea in the summer after three years on loan at the Vicente Calderon.

However, Schalke's general manager Horst Heldt has played down the prospect of Fahrmann being sold and expects the keeper to be the club's No.1 next season.

"Ralf Fahrmann has a contract with our club and we are very happy about the situation in terms of our goalkeepers," Heldt told BILD.

"I am able to confirm he will be in our goal also in 2015.

"As things stand today, I am able to rule out that he will leave the club at the end of the season. We do not want that to happen.

"And also Ralf does not want that to happen as far as I am concerned."

Fahrmann is taking little notice of the transfer speculation and is anticipating talks with Schalke regarding his future at the end of the season.

"Actually, I am focused on Schalke," said Fahrmann.

"We are going to have talks regarding my future in these next months. I am able to imagine a lot of things. We are going to wait and see."