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Rudiger welcomes United link

Antonio Rudiger admits to 'dreaming' of the Premier League as reports continue to link him with Manchester United.

The Stuttgart centre-half is said to figure prominently on the Old Trafford transfer radar as Louis van Gaal seeks defensive reinforcements.

United are not the only ones to have turned their attention towards Rudiger, though, with big-spending Ligue 1 side Monaco also believed to have put an offer on the table.

It is, however, talk of a move to England that has turned the 21-year-old's head.

The Germany international is refusing to read too much into the rumours, but he is ruling nothing out as the end of the summer transfer window draws ever closer.

Rudiger told Sport-BILD: "Of course I am aware of the interest from Manchester United.

"They are definitely one of the top clubs in Europe and they are in a league I have been dreaming of. The Premier League is very physical, intense, breathtaking and with a lot of goals.

"My focus, though, remains on playing for Stuttgart. For now, I just have to try and progress as a player."