Scharner Keen to Stay in Top Flight

  • Last Updated: May 14 2012, 18:03 BST

Midfielder Paul Scharner wants to remain in the Barclays Premier League despite receiving offers from abroad after ending his four-year spell at West Brom.

Paul Scharner: Leaving West Brom

The 32-year-old's contract ends this summer and he has not reached the stipulated number of games this season for a 12-month extension option to take effect.

The Austria international had previously also spent four seasons with Wigan and is keen to stay part of the top flight in England.

When asked about his future, Scharner said: "Let's see. There are a few interested people, from other leagues abroad as well. But if you play eight seasons in the Premier League, then of course you want to stay in it.

"I am proud to be the only Austrian player to reach 200 appearances in the Premier League and now I'm looking to make it count. I always said my target was 10 years at this level."

Scharner believes Albion should set their ambitions higher than mere survival after clinching a third successive season of Barclays Premier League football for the first time.

But he stressed the importance of the Baggies keeping hold of their leading players after head coach Roy Hodgson's departure to take charge of England.

He said: "If they set the right targets then, of course, they can keep climbing - but it depends on how confident the club is now.

"Survival shouldn't be the minimum. We have seen in the last two seasons that we can compete with the top half of the table and it should be definitely the target for the future.

"But it is very important to keep most of the squad because there is high potential.

"If they don't lose too many players there is a really good chance to establish the club in the Premier League and to continue in the future to reach an even bigger target.

"I'm sure the club officials are searching very hard for the right manager and I'm sure they will get that."

Meanwhile, central defender Jonas Olsson has reiterated he will not decide on his future until after playing for Sweden in Euro 2012.

Olsson has one year remaining of his current deal and admits the choice of new manager will play a part in deciding his own plans.

When asked about his future, he said: "I'm not going to think about that now. I'm going to focus on the Euros.

"It is important who the next manager is going to be and I'm going to focus on the Euros and then have a good think about my future.

"There are a lot of factors when you are deciding your future and one of them is the managerial situation.

"It is a big factor I need to feel comfortable with and it will be an interesting couple of weeks to see who they appoint.

"I'm very happy, I feel the club is moving in the right direction. I could see myself commit here but there are a few bits and places that need to be in place before I make that decision."