Kramer: I want to play abroad

The World Cup winner has been linked to Arsenal, Tottenham and Real Madrid and says the idea of playing outside of Germany interests him

Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer has revealed he would be open to a move away from Germany.

It has been revealed that Arsenal have been scouting the World Cup winner as they look for midfield reinforcements, while Tottenham and Real Madrid have also been linked with the 23-year-old.

And though his agent insisted that he is not thinking about any possible transfers at the moment, the player himself feels a move away from Bundesliga would help him develop his game.

Speaking to Hamburger Abendblatt, he said: “[Moving abroad] has always interested me. I would not be afraid.

“I want to find out what my limit is and I always strive for the very best.”

On reports linking him with Real Madrid, he added: “I wish I had cut out and hung that article on my wall. To be linked with Real Madrid is an enormous honour for me.”

Kramer is currently in the second season of a two-year loan deal with Gladbach from Bayer Leverkusen, with his impressive showings gaining him a number of admirers.

And the Germany international would be receptive to a return to his parent club should a move away not come to fruition.

“Of course [going back to Leverkusen] is an option for me, they have a good coach in Roger Schmidt and they play an attractive style of football which would also suit me.”

The midfielder has been ruled out of Germany’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar and the following friendly with Spain, having picked up a back injury.

“Christoph Kramer will not be available for Germany’s two upcoming national games due to back problems,” read a statement on Gladbach’s official website.

“Kramer left Germany’s training camp in Nuremberg on Friday after the morning training session. 

“Kramer suffered from back pains after the training session. After consulting Borussia, the DFB medical team decided that the 23-year-old should return to Borussia Park to fully recover.

“Kramer will also miss Germany’s friendly against Spain in Vigo on Tuesday.”

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