Mertesacker ‘has talks’ over Bremen return

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Werder Bremen have held talks over re-signing Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, claims the Bundesliga outfit’s captain Clemens Fritz.

Mertesacker is in the midst of a lengthy spell on the sidelines due to a knee injury, with the German international’s contract expiring at the end of this season.

But Bremen – who sold Mertesacker to Arsenal in 2011 – have confirmed their interest in bringing back the 32-year-old on a Bosman deal next summer.

"We've talked about it [a return to Bremen]. It would be a good thing for the club,” skipper Fritz told German newspaper Bild.

Earlier this month, Mertesacker admitted he would consider his future in January if it remained unresolved, with the centre-half free to hold talks with overseas clubs in the next transfer window.

However, he believes he can still make a contribution for Arsenal, who splashed out £35million to land fellow German Shkodran Mustafi during the summer.

"I believe that I can reach a level again on which I am important for the team. I have the feeling that this is not the end,” Mertesacker told Kicker.

"The more time I allow my knee, the longer I'll be able to play football. I can increase the workload already and I am no longer in pain."