Schalke 04 teenager Max Meyer has sent a message to Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng to compete with him for the clubâ€™s No.10 position for next season.
Boateng had recently declared his intention of playing in the playmaker role for the Royal Blues by replacing Meyer.
But the 18-year-old, who played 30 matches and scored six goals last season, he is not ready to relinquish that role.
â€œHe (Kevin-Prince Boateng) can say what he wants, he has his freedom but I would also like to play on the No.10 position. That is clear," he told RevierSport in an interview.
Schalke have refused to release Meyer for the European U-19 Championship later this month so he can concentrate fully on the competition in the clubâ€™s midfield.
"Of course I would have loved to play for Germany. That's always an honor for any player. But what the club has said, I accept it of course. And I am also behind it."