Kicker adds that the Gelsenkirchen-based outfit's chances of keeping Sane are becoming "increasingly unlikely," although that seems like a bit of a stretch. Schalke have ruled out a sale at every turn, most recently during an interview board chairman Clemens Tonnies gave to Recklinghauser Zeitung (h/t ESPN FC's Stephan Uersfeld):
We have decided to not sell Leroy. Should anyone be interested in Leroy, it just confirms the outstanding work of our youth academy. But we have decided to not sell Leroy, and the player does not want to leave Schalke. And thus it [a transfer] is not an issue.
Per the same report, Sane's agent also ruled out a move.
The forward, who turned 20 on Monday, is enjoying a phenomenal breakout season in the Bundesliga. He has already scored four goals and added four assists in 11 domestic starts, per WhoScored.com, and made his full international debut for Germany earlier this season.
Here's a look at some of his highlights:
His hot form has resulted in a barrage of transfer speculation, even though a move away from the Veltins Arena never looked likely. The winger is still very young and inexperienced and finds himself in a perfect situation with Schalke―it would be madness to give that up now.
Likewise, Schalke will not be eager to sell, knowing full well his value is set to rise significantly in the next few years, given his obvious talent. He's already a remarkably productive and versatile forward, and with more experience, his performances will only improve.
Los Blancos have done a great job signing young talent in the last few years, highlighted by their capture of Marco Asensio, but Sane is already too good to sit on the Bernabeu bench or move away from the club on loan. Expect him to stay in Germany for the foreseeable future and continue his development in a safe environment.
Isco Liberated by Rafa Benitez Departure
Star midfielder Isco made a not-so-subtle jab at former manager Rafa Benitez after the win over Deportivo La Coruna, taking to social media to express his delight at finally playing again.
As reported by Sport, he later softened his original comments and even wished Benitez the best of luck, but his original quote still stood out, as he tweeted: "Content with the victory and happy to start enjoying football again."
New manager Zinedine Zidane elected to start Isco over James Rodriguez against Deportivo, and the gamble paid off, as the former Malaga man put together a fine performance.
Per David Amoyal, a translator for Gianlucadimarzio.com, Zidane has taken Isco completely off the market, a clear sign he will not be available during the January transfer window. That's not to say his long-term future is now clear, as shared by Samuel Marsden of Sport:
Asensio so good at driving forward with the ball. His return to Madrid next summer could be bad news for Isco.— Samuel Marsden (@samuelmarsden) January 6, 2016
Unless you're a player of Cristiano Ronaldo's calibre, you will always be forced to battle for your spot at a major club like Real Madrid. Los Blancos buy reinforcements every single year, and with a number of talented youngster on the cusp of joining the senior squad as well, the competition will only become that much harder.
Harry Kane Rules Out Move
Shock rumours of Real's interest in Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane have emerged in the past few days, per the Telegraph's Sam Wallace, but the England international has no intention of leaving north London anytime soon.
Per Dave Kidd of the Daily Mirror, he gave a clear answer when asked whether he saw his future playing out with Spurs:
Yes definitely. There are always going to be rumours flying around but I'm happy here.
The club is in a good shape, we have a great future and I'm raring to go so we will see what happens.
We have got a lot of young players raring to go who are getting better with each game.
Kane broke out in a big way during the 2014-15 Premier League season and has continued his scoring exploits in the current campaign, showing his talent is very real and he's no one-season wonder.
Tottenham is an ambitious project, but the club has failed to qualify for the Champions League in the past few years and has sold a number of star players like Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, both to Real Madrid.
Kane has potential, but right now, he's nowhere near the level those two were playing at when they left for the Spanish capital. It's hard to imagine Real courting Kane, who would not be a starter over current Real striker Karim Benzema, so the chances of this rumour becoming reality are minor at best.