Ghana midfielder Annan hints at Schalke exit, eyes World Cup call-up
Ghana midfielder Anthony Annan says he is ready to quit German side Schalke if he is expiring contract is not extended but insists his main focus is to getting a call-up to the Black Stars squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil in June.
Annan confirmed Ghanasoccernet.com exclusive news that two Dutch sides are keen on signing him on a free transfer if he does not reach an agreement with his German club on his expiring contract.
The former Hearts of Oak player has been plagued by an ankle injury that ruled him out for nearly one year but recently returned to play matches for the club.
Despite worries over his club future Annan insists his maintain aim at the moment is to get a place in Ghana’s squad for the World Cup.
“I am still a Schalke player and not many players get the opportunity to play for Schalke,” Annan told Football411.
“I am back playing and training well with the team and I have even played three matches since my return, things look good for me, although I have not spoken to the team about my contract extension I am not really worried because I am not the one to do that.
“If the club thinks am worth another contract why not if not I will find a club outside Germany.
“I played against Real Madrid in the Champions League and that shows the quality am made of, it is true the season is all but over and I will not sit down, I have to train well and hope that things do change for me in the near future, am hoping to get a call up into the Black Stars team for the World Cup.
“What is on my mind now is to go to the World Cup and play for my country and not about contract extension.” Annan said.
“My agent has hinted that some clubs in Holland and even England have spoken to him but as at now am with Schalke I cannot say these teams are certain.
“I am just hoping for the best for my career, injuries have blighted my career a lot because at a point in time I was playing every single game, but these things are part of the game and I have to just put it behind me and hope for the best in the future.”
Annan will find out on Monday if he has been selected by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah for the 2014 World Cup.