The Uruguay international defender would agree fresh terms at Atletico if offered them, but has also expressed a desire to test himself in England

Jose Maria Gimenez has admitted that he harbours a “dream of playing in the Premier League” amid Manchester United and Liverpool links.

The Atletico Madrid defender is not looking to force a way out of the Spanish capital, but concedes that he would like to test himself in England.

He has just 12 months remaining on his current contract and a £39.5 million release clause in his current deal.

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Interest has been reported from Old Trafford and Anfield in the recent past, while Arsenal were said to be contemplating a move in the summer of 2016.

Gimenez told Uruguayan journalist Federico Buysan on his ambitions: “I dream of playing in the Premier League because all of the matches are fairly even.

“But if Atletico offer me a contract for life, I will stay.”

It remains to be seen what Atletico’s plans for Gimenez are, having restricted him to just 12 La Liga starts in the 2016-17 campaign.

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He has been with the club since 2013, but has rarely been a regular on the team sheet.

Despite that, the 22-year-old is grateful for the opportunities he has been given and for a platform on which to prove himself to other potential suitors.

He added: “Atletico taught me a lot from the first day I arrived.

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“I am privileged to be at the club.”

Pressed further on his future, with Serie A heavyweights Inter also reported to be in the mix, Gimenez said: “I am relaxed about the rumours about my future and I always speak with my representatives.”

Gimenez has seen United already add Victor Lindelof to their ranks this summer, but Liverpool remain in the market for a new centre-half and Inter are expected to be busy with another refresh of their squad at the San Siro.