Werder Bremen captain Clemens Fritz has revealed he has spoken to Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker about a return to the club.

Fritz confirms defender talks

Fritz confirms defender talks

Germany international Mertesacker will be out of contract at the Emirates this summer and so far it's uncertain whether the Gunners will offer the 32-year-old fresh terms in north London.

There is plenty of reported interest in the defender with Hannover also known to be keen, however a return to Werder Bremen has been suggested as the most likely move.

Fritz has admitted he has been in contact with the centre-back and feels it would be a great boost for Bremen if they could lure the defender back to the club which he left for the Premier League back in 2011.

"We have talked about [a potential return]," he told Bild. "Per would be a great addition to Werder - as a footballer and as a person.

"It would be a good thing for the club when Per would opt for Bremen."