Antonio Rudiger honoured by Manchester United link

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VFB Stuttgart defender Antonio Rudiger says it's an honour to be linked with a club as illustrious as Manchester United, and admits that he dreams of one day playing in the Premier League.

The 21-year-old was speaking in an interview with German newspaper Sport Bild when questioned about recent speculation linking him with a move to Old Trafford.

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Rudiger conceded that he had read reports that Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal was considering a bid to bring him to England, before adding that a transfer is probably a little premature in his career to be thought about seriously in the current transfer window.

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"The enquiry honours me, it makes me proud," his quotes were reported by "But I focus on the VFB, and I will continue to grow.

"What might happen sometime in the future, I do not know. This is of course a top international address. And they play in the league of which I dream."

The Germany international operates primarily as a centre-back but is equally capable on the right flank as well as in a more advanced midfield position.

Versatility a key attribute

His versatility is likely to be an attribute that Van Gaal admires, having previously explained that he likes to work with a relatively small squad of just 22 or 23 players.

Manchester United are known to be on the lookout for defensive reinforcements before the transfer window closes on September 1, but a move for Rudiger might not be forthcoming as the Premier League giants focus their attention on a number of higher profile targets.

Still, the talented youngster hopes to continue his development at the Mercedes-Benz Arena, and following the recent international retirement of Arsenal's Per Mertesacker hopes that there will be a chance for him to cement his place in Joachim Low's national side.

International ambition

"Of course it's my goal, and I work hard every day," he added when asked about his aspirations with the recently crowned World champions. "I'd be lying if I said otherwise."

In the past two weeks Manchester United have secured the services of Argentina international duo Marcos Rojo and Angel di Maria from Sporting Lisbon and Real Madrid respectively, following on from the earlier arrivals of England international Luke Shaw and talented young Spaniard Ander Herrera.

Those four players have cost the club upwards of £140 million, but that is unlikely to be the last of their spending in the final days of the transfer window.

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