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New Schalke coach Rangnick wants Neuer to stay

 New Schalke head coach Ralf Rangnick talks to the media at the arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, March 21, 2011. Rangnick follows Felix Magath...
 Schalke's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Leverkusen's Sidney Sam, from left, challenge for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga soccer m...

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New Schalke head coach Ralf Rangnick talks to the media at the arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Monday, March 21, 2011. Rangnick follows Felix Magath...

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Schalke's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and Leverkusen's Sidney Sam, from left, challenge for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga soccer m...

Newly appointed Schalke coach Ralf Rangnick says he wants to tie Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer to a long-term contract with the Bundesliga club when his current deal expires in 2012.
Rangnick says Neuer is one of the mainstays of the team and the club's priority is to extend the goalkeeper's contract beyond the end of next season. Bayern Munich has expressed interest in Neuer.
Rangnick was presented Monday as the successor to Felix Magath, who was fired last week.
Schalke plays title-holder Inter Milan in the Champions League quarterfinals and is also in the German Cup final.