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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Dec 13, 2006

Hargreaves still eager for Premiership move

Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves has again expressed his desire to move to England.

The 25-year-old's comments will no doubt alert Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, who made an unsuccessful £17million bid for the England player in the summer.

Canadian-born Hargreaves claims he is not being disrespectful to his current club but wants to play in the country he calls home.

'It's about the opportunity to possibly play in another league I haven't played in before, which is also the country I represent and where my family lives,' said Hargreaves, who is back in training after sustaining a broken leg not long after Ferguson expressed an interest in him.

'If people don't understand that, I don't expect them to. It's not their life. It's mine. But I don't think anyone in the football world is in the same situation as mine.'

When Ferguson failed to land his primary summer target he bought Michael Carrick from Tottenham for £18.6million and Hargreaves accepts if Bayern continue to dig their heels in during the next transfer window he may lose the chance of a move to Old Trafford.

'Nobody at any club is going to wait for anyone forever,' Hargreaves told The Times.

'I don't want to go into too great depth about it because it's not down to me. I received a lot of criticism for suggesting it would have been a great opportunity, but sometimes you need to say it. I don't feel bad about anything I said or did.

'Anybody who sees them play at the moment knows it's a very special team and they're in a great time.

'But it's not like I'm saying I want to go to AC Milan or Inter Milan because they're offering me more money.

'It's because it's England and because Britain is where my family is. My parents and my brothers are in Canada, but the whole of my dad's side of the family is in Bolton and my mum's side is in Rhyl.

'I think some people don't realise that. They think I'm half-German or something, but I'm not. I was brought up by a British family. It just happened to be in Canada.'