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John Brooks open to Premier League move, but happy at Hertha Berlin

John Brooks says he hopes for a Premier League move one day, but is happy at Hertha Berlin for the time being.

Following several months of uncertainty surrounding the future of Brooks, 23, he put pen to paper on a new Hertha deal this week to keep him at the Bundesliga club until 2019.

The United States international had been linked with a switch to Wolfsburg in the summer, as well as Schalke and Bayern Munich in January.

However, speaking to kicker, Brooks said he "never considered" leaving Hertha, but did add that the door on a future move to the Premier League has not been closed.

"I am certainly not the only one to say that it would be nice to play in the Premier League," Brooks said. "And this statement is still true, but now is not the time. Something big is in the making here in Berlin, and I want to be part of it."

Hertha have enjoyed an impressive season so far, and ahead of Saturday's meeting with Borussia Dortmund are sitting third in the Bundesliga.

Brooks has played his part since coming into the team in November, with coach Pal Dardai calling his player a "diamond."

Brooks said "it's nice to hear," but added: "I need to keep on working hard so it's justified that the coach says something like that."

Brooks admitted that previously a certain "casualness" has hindered his development, but said: "That's a thing of the past. I have understood, I am old enough now."

On the constant comparisons to Bayern centre-back Jerome Boateng, who was also born and raised in Berlin, Brooks said: "Naturally, it's an honour to be compared to Jerome, he has won nearly everything. He is an outstanding player, but I try to make my own mark."

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