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Schalke midfielder Lewis Holtby is reluctant to speculate on proposed contract talks or reports linking him with a move to the Premier League, with Liverpool, Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United all linked with his signature.

The 21-year-old German international has spoken of his admiration for the English top-flight, and with his contract set to expire next summer, is attracting interest from a number of top clubs.

Holtby is yet to pen a new deal with the Bundesliga outfit, but insists that he remains fully committed to the Schalke cause, despite intense media speculation currently surrounding his future.

"I am under contract with the club and I am a Schalke player," he said. "I just want to focus on playing football.

"I like it at Schalke. I will give my best in training and the manager will decide if I am a first team player."

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been credited with an interest in bringing Holtby to Anfield, but will face competition from Merseyside rivals Everton - incidentally, the club that the Schalke star has supported since he was a young boy.

His father is a former English soldier from Liverpool, who was stationed in Mönchengladbach when he met Holtby's German mother, and his passion as a Toffees supporter left a lasting mark on his son, who has been quoted saying it would be a dream come true to one day turn out at Goodison Park.

Arsene Wenger and Sir Alex Ferguson are also believed to be monitoring Holtby's situation with a view to potential offers to bring the player to the Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford.

But, it is David Moyes who appears to be in pole position to land the midfielder providing the club are not priced out of a move should a bidding war ensue.

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