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Schneider: Werner level-headed

Stuttgart coach Thomas Schneider says wonderkid Timo Werner is keeping his feet firmly on the ground after being praised by Mehmet Scholl.

The former Germany international, turned TV analyst, Scholl believes the highly-rated 17-year-old has what it takes to make Joachim Low's 23-man squad for next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Werner, who scored 16 goals in 18 appearances for the German U17 team last season, has netted three goals for his club this campaign.

But Stuttgart coach Schneider told BILD newspaper that Werner is unfazed by all the media hype.

"The manager inside Mehmet Scholl would like to keep things cool and that is what we also want to do with Timo Werner," said Schneider. "I don't have any fears about him because I know him well enough and can see what's on his mind."

Meanwhile, German-born Austria international Martin Harnik says he plans to stay and fight for his place at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

The 26-year-old, who is under contract at the club until June 2016, has failed to hold down a regular first-team spot under Schneider.

"I am not considering a move away," he told Stuttgarter Zeitung newspaper. "I am not a quitter and a I don't run away easily.

"If I have to quit VfB Stuttgart at some point in the future, I want to do so as a first-team regular.

"But if the club receives any concrete offers for me in the January transfer window, then I will have to listen to them. But I am not actively seeking a change of clubs."