Owen Hargreaves has not given up hope of securing move to Manchester United, but admits the matter is now out of his hands.
The Bayern Munich midfielder is keen for a move to Old Trafford but with Bayern continuing to veto a move, and with the August 31 transfer deadline looming, a move looks incresingly unlikely.
“I’ve given everything to Bayern Munich for the last nine years and I want to be treated with respect,” Hargreaves told Bild.
“I simply want it to be accepted that Manchester would be a great step for me.
“The manager doesn’t want to let me go. That’s his right. But he knows exactly what I want,” Hargreaves stressed.
“It’s simply a great challenge. I’m an England player, part of my family lives near Manchester. A lot of things come together.”
Hargreaves has also defended his decision to extend his contract at the Allianz Arena last year until 2010.
“It was a great honour for me at the time,” he continued.
“In the meantime, a lot of things have developed for me in a different way. I have a great chance to become a key player for England.”
Hargreaves’ role for Bayern has assumed a greater significance since the departure to Chelsea of Michael Ballack.
“The coach knows what I can do,” Hargreaves added.
“And so do the fans. I always give everything I have. That won’t change no matter where I play.”