Hannover 96 goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler has stated that he would love to make a return to Manchester United.
Zieler joined the Manchester United academy back in 2005 and spent five years at the club, but failed to make a first team appearance for the English giants. He then moved to German side Hannover 96 in April 2010, signing a two-year contract after an initial trial period. He made his Bundesliga debut on 16 January 2011, and has since been the sides main man between the sticks.
However, following Hannover’s relegation from the Bundesliga this season, the German goalkeeper’s future at the club is unclear due to his desire to continue playing in the top flight.
Zieler posted a heartfelt message on Facebook after the club’s relegation last month, in which he wrote: “Everyone who knows me will know just how much this relegation hurts me. I feel very close to Hannover, to the club and to the people… I don’t yet know what’s next for me personally. But I don’t want to blow smoke, but rather be honest. Even though Hannover has grown on me: I am ambitious. And it’s my goal to play in the top flight next season. There are enquiries, but no decision has been made.”
The 27-year-old has since been linked with potential moves to Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester City, amongst other clubs.
In a recent interview with Goal, Zieler was asked about his former youth club Manchester United, as well as where his next destination lies, to which he replied: “At the beginning I was blown away, it was really fascinating (to be part of the United squad under Sir Alex). Suddenly there were world-famous stars walking past me. So the first weeks were spectacular. But of course you get used to those things.
“Then it is just normal everyday life and you just don’t think about what these players have won and achieved. The time at United helped me a lot in my development, personally and as a football player. Today I can say for sure I would always decide to go there again.”
He added: “Nothing has been decided yet (on his future). There are several offers. I will listen to all of them and then decide. It’s a very important decision in my career. So I think to decide too early would be fatal. I am not in a hurry at all. It’s no secret that Germany, England, Italy and Spain are the four biggest leagues. It’s my goal to play in either one of these from next season onwards.”