Werder Bremen midfielder Aaron Hunt admits that he has considered a move abroad from the Bundesliga outfit.
The 27-year-old is out of contract at the end of the current season, although Bremen's general manager, Thomas Eichin, has openly spoken of his desire to extend the German's stay at Weserstadion beyond next summer.
Hunt has been ever-present for Robin Dutt's side so for this season and he says that although he is thankful for Bremen's stance, an exit to an overseas club has crossed his mind.
"I am very pleased about this appreciation," he told Sport-BILD weekly.
"Still I am not in a hurry as I am keen to wait on our further progress. There is always a special charm to move to a foreign-based club and this is an issue on my mind.
"But Werder Bremen remains my first partner of conversation regarding my future."
Meanwhile, Dutt has ruled out accepting a transfer request from midfielder Mehmet Ekici during the January transfer window, following reports that the Turkey international would consider a move away to pursue regular first-team football.
"We will not accept any transfer request as matters stand now," he told BILD.
"Memo will hopefully feature prominently for Werder Bremen in the future. This is what I am believing in.
"He is among the players we cannot really sell."