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Man City defender Ko Itakura makes clear Schalke ambitions

Manchester City defender Ko Itakura admits he's open to staying permanently with Schalke.

The Japan international's loan carries a €6m permanent option.

"Of course I can imagine staying here. Schalke is a big club with a long history and great fans. Every player dreams of playing in front of such a breathtaking backdrop," Itakura told SPOX.

“The club has enormous potential. The most important thing next season will be to recommend myself for the World Cup with good performances. My long-term goal is to play in the Premier League – and I would like to achieve that with Schalke this season."

Itakura's permanent option runs to June 16.


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