Udinese midfielder Alexander Merkel admits he has long-term Bundesliga ambitions.
"Back in January I had talks with various clubs, also with a few from Germany. It did not work out as I preferred to remain in Italy then," Merkel told Sport1.
"Basically I am keen on playing Bundesliga 1 football one day in the future.
"There are great teams in the league and those stadiums are always sold out."