Eljero Elia would prefer Old Trafford move to Anfield.
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Dutch winger Eljero Elia has indicated that when he does move on from Hamburg, he would like to play for one of Europe’s current biggest clubs: Manchester United, Real Madrid or Barcelona.
In an interview with German publication Bild, the Hamburger SV flyer was reluctant to discuss whether he would move clubs in the January transfer window or the summer, but appeared ready to move on from the education that he has received in Germany.
BILD: Are you still happy with HSV?
Elia: “Yes, certainly. I’ve learned a lot in the Bundesliga. I am very grateful to HSV. “
BILD: And yet you would move if an offer from a top team came in?
Elia: “HSV is also a top team. But I would love to play at such a special club like Real Madrid, FC Barcelona or Manchester United. There I can still get better. “
BILD: Are you ready to really compete at the highest level then?
Elia: “Yes, of course. I played with the Dutch national team at the World Cup against the best in the world. And there I passed the test.”
Elia has been linked with Liverpool in every transfer window since November 2009, and sources in Germany were convinced he had already agreed a move to Anfield.
However, if he has rejected that option speculation would mount that Liverpool’s poor league position is counting against them in their pursuit of reinforcements.
If he is close to a transfer though – and that seems less likely than ever – perhaps he ought to be advised not to wax lyrical about the Reds’ fiercest rivals.
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