Werder confirm Per interest
By Chris Ives
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Werder Bremen have confirmed their interest in Hannover defender Per Mertesacker.Werder Bremen sport director Klaus Allofs has confirmed he would like to sign Hannover's Germany international Per Mertesacker.
The 21-year-old defender has been impressive for both club and country this season and is being tipped for a summer exit, despite being contracted at the AWD Arena until 2008.
"Mertesacker is young and a German international - we are always interested in players of this sort," Allofs told Weser Kurier.
Allofs refused to comment on reports that Mertesacker had a buy-out clause in his Hannover contract, but did state the defender and Cologne striker Lukas Podolski would benefit from a move to the 2004 Bundesliga champions.
"It is the same situation for both Mertesacker and Podolski. We have the environment at this club that can convince young players to come here," he continued.
"The development of many players here is a great argument in favour of a move to Werder, even though we know that we have tough competition from Bayern, Schalke and Hamburg."