Rutten: Engelaar wants to join me at Schalke

July 2, 2008

New Schalke boss Fred Rutten has revealed that Holland international Orlando Engelaar wants to join him at the Veltins-Arena.

Rutten moved from FC Twente in June after leading the Eredivisie side into the Champions League last season and speculation has been rife that Engelaar, who was an integral part of their success, will follow him from Enschede.

The 45-year-old coach has now revealed that Engelaar is keen to switch to Gelsenkirchen.

'The player wants to join us,' said Rutten. 'That's what he told me and I believe him. After all, I've known him for two years and I know how he thinks.'

The 28-year-old midfielder, who played in all four games for Holland at Euro 2008, can play a number of positions and Rutten is keen to add him to his squad.

The Dutch coach said: 'He would fit in very well at Schalke. Orlando can play in a lot of positions and can be used in a variety of ways.'

However, former England manager Steve McLaren, who replaced Rutten in the FC Twente hotseat last month, vowed last week to do all he can to keep Engelaar in Enschede but admits it could come down to money.

'I have just signed and I hope to meet him and speak to his agent who I know well. We will see what the situation is. It would of course be good to keep him,' McLaren said.

'I think it's dictated by finance, but ultimately it's got to be a career decision - the best decision for the player, for his future, where he feels good, and who he feels good with - his coaches and managers.'