Bayern Munich midfielder Pierre Hojbjerg has confirmed that he will be leaving this summer, suggesting that he would not necessarily need to move to a “top club”.
The 20-year-old is one of the most highly regarded young midfielders in world football; his admission that he will be leaving in search of first-team football will grab the attention of numerous clubs around Europe.
Hojbjerg still has two years remaining on his contract, but after spending the last year on loan at Schalke is under no illusions that he has a future in the Bayern first team. Hojbjerg has said that his experiences since joining the Bavarian club have convinced him that a move to a mid-level team may be best for his career.
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"I'm going out to find the right match, something that suits me,” he told BT, as per FourFourTwo.com. “However, it's clear that it doesn't need to be a top club. I need to find a place where there is perspective, because I'm only 20 and I've already experienced a lot.
“Whether it's in Spain, Italy, England or Germany remains to be seen,” he added.
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The news is likely to interest several Premier League clubs - including Tottenham - that would be willing to gamble on the youngster following an uninspiring loan spell at Schalke. Hojbjerg only started ten league matches, making a further 13 appearances from the bench.
And with the new Premier League TV deal kicking in next season even mid-table clubs would have the resources to lure the Denmark international to England. However, they will face stiff competition from clubs in Germany; Hannover and Augsberg have shown interest in recent months.
Hojbjerg was quick to pay tribute to the schooling he has received at Bayern, and admitted that he would have loved to become a regular. But after making just 17 Bundesliga appearances in three years at the club this dream no longer appears possible.
"Of course I would like to play for Bayern Munich. They're one of the best clubs in the world. Maybe we'll meet again," he said.
"I'm just happy that I have learned and that I got so much from there. I know it's valuable for my future.”
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