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Germany defender keen on English switch

Mertesacker: Says the prospect of a Premier League move appeals to him

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Reported Arsenal target Per Mertesacker admits he would be tempted by a move away from Werder Bremen to the Premier League.

Uncertainty surrounds the defender's future after reports emerged that the Gunners have renewed their interest in the Germany international after failing to secure his services in January.

Mertesacker's Bremen deal expires next summer and the club have revealed that initial talks with the stopper over a new contract have been dropped, although they have not ruled out reopening negotiations at a later date.

Speculation

The 26-year-old centre-back, who is currently sidelined with a heel injury sustained in May, has fuelled speculation he could make an English move by admitting the prospect of a foreign adventure appeals to him.

"Obviously, from a certain perspective, the Premiership is a very tempting league to play in," he told Fifa's official website.

"England is, alongside Spain, a better league than the Bundesliga and is made up of several top-class teams. This is very tempting.

"A move to a foreign country will always enrich a player from a sporting and from a human perspective.

"Obviously, from a certain perspective, the Premiership is a very tempting league to play in. "

Per Mertesacker

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"Playing in a foreign country makes you better, while living in a foreign country pushes you forward. Everyone tells you that all the time.

"Things experienced there are important in life, (although) a way back to Germany should hopefully never be ruled out."

Meanwhile, 24-year-old defender Dominik Schmidt has joined relegated Eintracht Frankfurt on a free transfer after his deal at Bremen expired.

Schmidt's initial deal will keep him at the Commerzbank Arena until June 2012, with the option to extend it by two years if he impresses on his debut season.

Frankfurt general manager Bruno Hubner was pleased to wrap up the deal following lengthy negotiations.

Strengthen

He told the club's official website: "Dominik Schmidt has picked up practice in the top-flight while he was under contract at Werder Bremen.

"We are happy to have finally signed Dominik from Werder now. He joins us as a Bosman player with a view to strengthen our defence."

Schmidt made just 12 Bundesliga appearances for Bremen over a four-year spell at the club, largely featuring for their third-tier reserve side.