"It's excellent news for the club," said general manager Horst Heldt. "Many experts are predicting a big career in football for Max. His progress in recent months has been nothing short of breathtaking. We're therefore delighted to have tied such a gem from our academy to FC Schalke 04."
I'm very glad about this contract because I feel really happy here.Max Meyer“
Meyer expressed great pride at signing the new deal: "I'm very glad about this contract because I feel really happy here," said the 18-year-old attacking midfielder, who has made ten Bundesliga appearances this season and scored three goals. "Two things were important for me: that the club put their faith in players from their own youth academy and I've got the chance to play in Europe at such a young age."
To date, Meyer has made a total of 22 competitive appearances for the Royal Blues (15 in the Bundesliga, six in the Champions League, and one in the DFB Cup). He made his top-flight debut on 16 February 2013 at the age of 17 years and 151 days, his pass paving the way for a late equaliser in a 2-2 draw at FSV Mainz 05. The only Schalke player who was younger on the day he made his debut is Julian Draxler (17 years, 117 days).
Meyer was often ahead of his time in the academy, too, winning the German Under-19 championship with the Royal Blues in summer 2012 while still eligible to play for the Under-17s. At the European Under-17 Championship in the same year he reached the final with Germany (a 2-1 defeat against the Netherlands). He finished the tournament as the leading goalscorer and also won the Golden Ball as the best player. In 2012 the German Football Association awarded him the Fritz Walter Medal in silver.
The Oberhausen-born player began his career in his home town, initially at FC Sardegna Oberhausen (2000-2002) and then at Rot-Weiss Oberhausen (2002-2004). After a five year spell at MSV Duisburg (2004-2009) he switched to the Schalke academy as an Under-15 player in 2009.