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Crowd favourite Thomas Hitzlsperger has not written off Aston Villa's chances of keeping him in Birmingham, although he wants a regular first team place.

The Germany international has exclusively spoken about his future to skysports.com and is determined to represent his country in the 2006 World Cup finals.

With Hamburg reportedly on his trail, the former Bayern Munich man admits he can see himself playing there but he is also prepared to remain in The Premiership.

"I have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to play for my country on home soil at the upcoming World Cup," he told skysports.com. "But I need to play permanently in The Premiership as this is tremendously important for my career in the national team.

"I need to find a club and a coach which helps me to improve and become a better player and Villa have done so in the past. But I have to find out if they or another club in England, or in Germany, will offer me the best prospects."

A rasping winner at Bolton Wanderers recently underlined his class and Hitzlsperger started in Villa's victory against Tottenham. The crowd cry 'shoot' every time he is in possession near the goal but 'Der Hammer' has already been linked with Hamburg and Borussia Monchengladbach.

A good display on his second appearance for his country in the 3-0 win against Cameroon has stirred interest from his homeland.

"I don't want to comment on any certain club yet because this is the kind of stuff my agent takes care of," he added. "But, if Hamburg do fulfil my conditions, I can see myself playing there, that's for sure.

"However, I haven't made up my mind yet and, maybe, I'll stay on with Villa or, maybe, I will join another Premiership club or move to Die Bundesliga.

"It's a difficult decision as I am driven by the ambition to play for Germany and compete in the UEFA Champions League in the years to come."

Hitzlsperger will be a free agent in the summer if Villa cannot persuade him to commit to fresh terms.

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