Arsenal and Manchester United-linked Benedikt Howedes open to Premier League switch

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Schalke's star defender Benedikt Howedes could see himself moving to the Premier League at some stage in the future.

Schalke captain Benedikt Howedes has admitted to Bild that he would be open to a move to the Premier League in the future.

Howedes, 26, has made 257 total appearances for Schalke since earning his first-team debut in October 2007, while establishing himself as one of the top defenders in the Bundesliga.

The 31-times capped German was an ever-present for Joachim Low’s World Cup-winning side in the summer, and has since seen his name linked to a host of major European clubs, with the Mirror reporting earlier this month that Arsenal and Manchester United are set to battle for his signature.

With a strong affiliation to Schalke, Howedes stresses that he couldn’t face moving to another team in the Bundesliga, but would be prepared to head overseas at some stage, with England being his preferred destination.

"If I am to leave Schalke one day, I do not want to move clubs within Bundesliga,” he told the German newspaper.

“The club is too close to my heart to do so. I owe Schalke a lot, I have had a great experience during my time here.

“I really like being at Schalke. However, if I were to imagine moving abroad to experience a life in a foreign country, England would be my destination."

Howedes has spent most of his time with Schalke in the centre of defence, but can fill in at either full-back spot in a pinch, just as he showcased at the summer’s World Cup.

The versatile international has made 21 total appearances for the Gelsenkirchen-based outfit this season, helping them both remain in top-three contention and earn a place in the Champions League’s last-16.

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