Mertesacker fancies England
Per Mertesacker concedes he would be interested in a move to England, should he leave Werder Bremen.
Last Updated: 26/03/11 10:26am
Germany international Per Mertesacker has conceded he would be interested in a move to the Premier League, should he leave Werder Bremen any time soon.
Mertesacker remains a key figure in the international set-up, and will start on Saturday night against Kazakhstan, but has been short of his best form for Werder this term.
He has received a lot of criticism for his role in Bremen's demise with numerous uncharacteristic mistakes costing his team points, yet he remains a rumoured target of Arsenal and Liverpool.
However, the 26-year-old says he is currently only focused on saving Bremen from the drop this year and improving his own form, and then he will consider his options with a move to England being an "attractive" one.
"England has been an issue for a few years now, but I cannot make a decision yet," he told Die Welt newspaper.
"Of course the Premier League is attractive, but right now there is only one issue for me and that is avoiding the drop."
Dip in form
Mertesacker's contract with Bremen expires in 2012, meaning the Bundesliga club could only demand a substantial fee for him this summer, but he insists "now is not the time" to discuss where he will be playing next year.
Instead, he is trying to work out why his form has dipped this season.
"There are just so many different reasons which all came together," he explained.
"But I believe that it happens now and again that somebody does not play one season at the very highest level.
"You have to go through a dip to improve. We are not machines who always work, but that does not detract from the fact that we cannot repeat such a terrible season."
Bremen are 12th in the Bundesliga, just four points above the relegation zone with seven games remaining.