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Emre Can sets sights on new challenge as Man City and Bayern Munich lurk on the sidelines

Germany midfielder is out of contract in the summer and has been heavily linked with a move to Juventus

EMRE CAN will have transfer suitors Manchester City and Bayern Munich worried after he limped out of Germany training with a back injury.

The long-time Juventus target is letting his Anfield contract run down before deciding on his future.

Emre Can lasted just 15 minutes of Germany training on Wednesday

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Emre Can lasted just 15 minutes of Germany training on Wednesday

And an impressive World Cup with the reigning champions in Russia will drive up his value even more, guaranteeing him a hefty signing-on fee at his next club.

And he admitted to a German paper – almost as soon as he landed with the national side – that he has his sights on playing for a very big club next season.

He told Suddeutsche Zeitung: “Sure, the Bundesliga would interest me, why not? Although I must say honestly that the level has waned in recent years.


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“The Premier League has the power to spend more money on players than the Bundesliga . This is very, very important for players.

The Germany international was withdrawn after suffering a muscle problem against Watford

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The Germany international was withdrawn after suffering a muscle problem against Watford

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can was subbed off at the weekend while in club action

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Liverpool midfielder Emre Can was subbed off at the weekend while in club action

“I have the self-confidence to say that my qualities are sufficient to play in a very big club next season.

“I’m doing great in England. The Spanish league is also attractive. The same applies to Germany, where tactics are concerned, and the Italian club football, which has recently caught up.

“Incidentally, the same applies to France, this league has now established itself as one of the best in Europe.


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“Therefore, I do not want to exclude anything because I do not know what I will do from the summer.”

The 24-year-old is unlikely to feature in the upcoming friendlies against Spain and Brazil.

But the injury should come as no surprise after Kop boss Jurgen Klopp discussed it at the weekend.

Asked about Can’s injury after he was subbed in the 5-0 thumping of Watford, Klopp said: “He doesn’t think, and I don’t think, it is too serious – but it was too serious to continue.

“He had that problem a little bit during the week, we gave him one day of extra recovery but he thought it would work and he trained normally yesterday.

“It is a muscle thing but it should not be that serious. He will go to the national team I think, and have their treatment.”