Christoph Metzelder has revealed that he is happy at Real Madrid but that he wants to play more and needs to see more action if he is to make the World Cup next year.
The German joined the Spanish club back in 2007 but has only made a handful of appearances and has rarely been given a run of games.
Now, with the summer approaching and a possible transfer on the cards, Metzelder told Radio Marca about his dilemma.
"It is not clear what is going to happen at Madrid. I could think about leaving if they tell me that I am third choice centre-back and not going to play. I have to play, I am 28 and that is a good age for a centre-back. I want to play in the World Cup in South Africa, therefore I have to play more next year," he explained.
"I do not regret signing for Real Madrid. If a player has the chance to come here they should take it. It has been a very good experience. Wearing this shirt has made me proud, even though it has been a hard couple of years. If I went elsewhere everything would be normal, but I like this club and this city. I am quite happy here."
Metzelder also spoke briefly about the league, which seems a distant dream after Barcelona's crushing win over Sevilla.
"The situation is difficult with what we have left of the season. We must respect Barcelona and to keep looking for chances and winning our games," he mused.
The German was also asked the possibility of transfers this summer and admitted that the rumours "do not affect those in the squad".
James Walker-Roberts, Goal.com