Gelsenkirchen - Dutch international striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has extended his contract with FC Schalke 04, tying him to the Veltins Arena until 30 June 2017.
The news of the contract, which contains an option for an additional year, was broken by Schalke's official Twitter account ahead of their final game of 2014, a
with Hamburger SV.
"I have always said that I feel very happy at Schalke," he told
. "But we don't just want to play for third or fourth place, we want more." Huntelaar has been in sparkling form for the Ruhr district club this season, netting seven goals in 16 league appearances and forming a lethal partnership with strike partner
. The Dutchman also bagged three goals in the UEFA Champions League group stages, helping Schalke reach the last 16 of Europe's premier club competition for the third successive season.
The 31-year-old, who featured for his country at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, is the club's second-highest scorer of all time. His 101 goals (66 in the Bundesliga, 25 in European competitions and ten in the DFB Cup) in 160 appearances place him only behind Klaus Fischer in the club's goalscoring charts. Huntelaar lifted the DFB Cup with the Royal Blues in 2011, and ended the 2011/12 Bundesliga campaign with 29 goals, winning the