World Cup winner confirms Arsenal interest whilst hinting at Liverpool switch

Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes has confirmed Arsenal are keen on his services, whilst praising Liverpool and their new coach Jurgen Klopp, the Express reports.

The 27 year-old was linked with a switch to the Emirates club in the summer, but no move prevailed, and he ended staying with the Bundesliga side.

Howedes has under two years remaining on his current deal, and is likely to be the subject of further interest in the coming window, and is claimed to have talked up a switch to Liverpool, praising the club and their new German manager.

He said: “A move abroad excites me. England would for sure be an interesting destination,” Howedes told Bild.

“Currently I am with Schalke. There are no deals sorted. But of course, for a footballer there are some clubs that are more interesting than others.

“English football is very fortunate to have someone like Klopp in the league, Liverpool is a club with great tradition and values.”

The World Cup winning centre-back did not close the door on a possible move to Arsenal, despite admitting turning down their advances previously, although he is happy with his challenge at present.

He continued: “Milan and Arsenal have really been keen on my services, this is what I am able to confirm.

“Still I have not opted against them, I have decided in favour of FC Schalke 04.

“My job is not done here yet. And, especially after last season, I told myself I do not want to leave this way.

“I am a key player of this club.”

The Gunners have failed to sign a single outfield player since the last January, and are expected to enter the transfer market in the coming window.

Updated: October 15, 2015 — 1:07 pm
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