Transfer news: Reported Premier League target Josip Ilicic wants to stay in Italy

Josip Ilicic: Says he wants to stay in Italy

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Reported Premier League target Josip Ilicic says he is uncertain what the future holds for him but the Palermo forward insists he wants to stay in Italy.

A number of Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham were linked with a move for the Slovenia international in January but no switch materialised.

He is also thought to be on the radar of several of Palermo's Serie A rivals including Roma, Inter Milan, Juventus and Sampdoria.

Ilicic, who joined Palermo from Maribor in 2010, is contracted at the Serie A club until 2016.

The 25-year-old is not ruling out a change at the end of the season but says he would prefer to stay in Italy rather than move overseas.

He told Corriere dello Sport: "I don't know what will occur in June. The career of a footballer is short and moments arrive when you can change your life. Nevertheless, I'd like to remain in Italy."

Ilicic also revealed he rejected a move to Dynamo Kiev in January, adding: "I received an offer from them but I said no because I wanted to fight and help Palermo stay in Serie A.

"For now I just want to end this season as well as possible and then we will see what happens."