Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur target Christoph Kramer 'honoured' by links but happy to stay put

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The Bayer Leverkusen owned German international is also being linked with Real Madrid and Napoli.

Arsenal and Tottenham are not only regular rivals on the football pitch, but the two often end up going toe-to-toe in the Transfer Market as well. In the case of German international Christoph Kramer that is no different.

Tottenham were first credited with an interest in his services and Arsenal's name popped up soon after. Both could certainly use some freshening up in the holding midfield department and after he sprung to the attention at this summer's World Cup interest in his potential services is very high indeed.

Kramer, who scored for current club Borussia Monchengladbach last night, is in fact only on loan at the club from fellow Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. He has also been linked with the likes of Napoli and most recently Real Madrid, where he would replace fellow Arsenal target Sami Khedira.

Now he has given a rather frank interview to ran.de about his post-World Cup life, fans and the press - but of course the subject of his future would always become apparent.

He was specifically asked about the interest from Real Madrid. His response certainly showed that he is not closed off to the idea of a Spanish move:

"No question, it honours me immensely if I am associated with the name of Real or the name of another great top clubs. But there is a big difference between [a club like Real saying] 'we find the player Christoph Kramer very good' and 'We are interested in the player, Christoph Kramer ' in the football world.

"Until now, these are just rumours, and I could not even begin to tell whether there is anything to them."

Of course one major stumbling block could be Leverkusen. They are adamant that they want him in their squad next season and he is contractually obliged to do so. But he seems relaxed about the whole situation, continuing:

"No, not at all [would regret move to Bayer], for I believe that I still must decide where I play and where I do not play incidentally, I mean there can be a lot worse things happen in life,then if in the summer of 2015 I have to play football for Bayer Leverkusen.

"I grew up with Bayer, had assured the association owes very much and believe that Bayer's playing philosophy would fit well to me. If they receive any offers, I am sure that we will solve them together."

It would appear than that Kramer is more than happy to remain with Leverkusen, yet would also be open to a move abroad.

Arsenal and Tottenham will certainly not be put off at this juncture.

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