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 By Ben Gladwell
Aug 18, 2014

Christoph Kramer 'won't be trafficked'

Christoph Kramer was a surprise last-minute inclusion for the World Cup final but was forced off injured.

Germany international Christoph Kramer insists he will make up his own mind where he plays next season, saying the "modern human trafficking" business of football will not rule him.

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The 23-year-old is intent on fulfilling the remainder of his loan deal with Borussia Monchengladbach, although he is not so convinced he will return to Bayer Leverkusen when it expires next summer.

He is contracted to the Werkself until 2017, but the World Cup finalist has other plans which he explained to Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"My situation is clear: Leverkusen have sent me on loan to Gladbach and I'm delighted with the way things are," he said. "I can't wait for the season to start. I don't know what will happen in a year's time, but I'm the kind of person who likes surprises."

Kramer has been linked with a move to Napoli all summer, but while being flattered by their interest -- and revealing another Serie A club had made enquiries -- he says he does not particularly want a move to Italy.

"It's not only Napoli -- Juventus have been asking after me too," he said. "I do follow Italian football a bit now, but I still believe that the Premier League and the Primera Division are more attractive than Serie A, and that's without mentioning the Bundesliga, where I'm very happy.

"It's nothing to do with [the Mafia], and I would never allow myself to say such a thing. That would be disrespectful to Neapolitans and I would have no reason to do that.

"I don't think the Napoli players have it bad anyway. The truth is, I've not been dealing with my offers personally so there's not much I can say."

That is the work of his agent and Leverkusen, who currently own his transfer rights -- and Kramer reluctantly admits that they hold the key to his future.

"In general, being involved in the football business is often like modern human trafficking," he told Germany's Der Spiegel. "But for me, a contract can say whatever it wants. If I don't want to play somewhere next season, I won't play there. In the end, I will still decide where I play."

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