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The Austria international is keen to stay in England's top flight following his release from the Baggies, but accepts he may need to look further afield after little interest

Paul Scharner is determined to remain in the Premier League after being released by West Brom, but conceded he may need to move abroad if an offer does not materialise soon.

The 32-year-old joined Wigan in 2006 from Norwegian club Brann and spent four years at the Latics before moving to the Hawthorns. However, he was unable to secure a new deal after failing to break the 25-game threshold which would have triggered a one-year extension.

And the Austria international has admitted he would be disappointed if he had to leave England’s top flight to continue his playing career.

He told the Wigan Evening Post: “I am hoping very much to stay in England. I have spent six-and-a-half very happy years here since joining Wigan, and I have made a lot of friends in the game.

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"I made my name here, and I've made more than 200 games in the Premier League.

"I would be sad to have to go and it would be hard, but I also know that anything is possible and I may have to move elsewhere.

"The plan was always to wait for the Euros to finish, wait for another couple of weeks and then make a decision.

"By the middle of July I should be ready to say where I will play my football next season.”

Scharner admits he may have to look further afield if a move doesn’t happen soon, but he accepts that an uncertain future is part of being a footballer.

He added: "Everything is possible. I'm not worried what might or might not happen at all because these things happen in football.

"The career of a footballer is changeable and you have to be prepared to go where the work is."