Benedikt Howedes says England represents an “interesting” prospect amid reports linking the Schalke and Germany defender with Liverpool.
Howedes has long been linked with a move to the Premier League with the 27-year-old impressing since breaking through at Schalke eight years ago.
Arsenal are one of the clubs constantly linked with the Bundesliga star, but Liverpool have emerged as potential suitors after the appointment of German boss Jurgen Klopp.
Discussing the rumours with German newspaper Bild, Howedes hailed Liverpool as “a club with great tradition and values”, but stopped just short of saying a move to Anfield would appeal to him.
Asked whether the money on offer in the Premier League could entice him, Howedes replied: “This may sound crazy, but for me it does not depend on the money. For that, I am too much of a football romantic and I am too ambitious. Abroad still excites me – England sure is an interesting choice.
After claiming it “does not depend on the money”, Howedes added: “But of course, the money is also important, as footballers we can only earn money for a limited time.”
Howedes was then asked directly about Liverpool and, in particular, the appointment of his countryman Klopp as manager.
“English football is very fortunate to have someone like Klopp in the league,” Howedes said. “Liverpool is a club with great tradition and values.”
Asked whether Klopp would be his next coach, Howedes replied: “This is now a bit far-fetched. I am with Schalke 04 and currently have an objective here, but of course for any footballer there are clubs which are more interesting than others.”
With Howedes’ contract expiring in June 2017, the centre-half said that talks over extending his deal had not yet begun.
“I have with Schalke found a club that suits me. The royal blue still inspires me. Still, I can’t say if I will stay forever.”