PSV Eindhoven manager Dick Advocaat believes that Kevin Strootman must leave the Philips Stadion this summer in order to progress his career, Sky Sports understands.
Strootman, 23, is highly regarded at the Philips Stadion after back-to-back sensational seasons in the Dutch Eredivisie.
The 23-year-old Holland international is reportedly attracting interest from a number of Europe’s top clubs, including the likes of AC Milan, Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Strootman, who made his international debut against Austria on 9 February 2011, has earned 18 caps for Holland and is currently the reserve captain for the Oranje.
“For PSV it would be good if he stays, but for Strootman himself it’s better to leave,” Advocaat told De Telegraaf.
“He’s the reserve captain of the Dutch national squad and PSV will make another step next season. This guy fits everywhere. He’s a fantastic player because he knows exactly what his qualities are.
“[He would be good for] Liverpool and Tottenham, but I think he’s also good enough for Manchester City and Manchester United.
“Strootman is as good as Gareth Barry. He’s a very useful player for every team. Especially when he’s surrounded by better players.”
Strootman has tallied seven goals and 11 assists in 41 appearances in all competitions for PSV Eindhoven, who conceded the KNVB Cup to AZ Alkmaar last Thurday, this season.
PSV finished the 2012-13 campaign in second-place in the Eredivisie table despite netting an impressive 103 league goals.
Strinic attracting interest
The agent of Croatia international left-back Ivan Strinic has revealed that Stoke City and Sunderland have submitted concrete offers to Ukrainian Premier League side FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk for his client’s services, Sky Sports reports.
Strinic, 25, is currently valued at €9million by Dnipro, with Italian champions Juventus also rumoured to be keen on the Croatian.
The 25-year-old’s agent Tonci Martic played down Juventus’ reported interested in his client, but maintained that Stoke City and Sunderland have both made bids for the player in question.
“I read in newspapers that Juventus want Strinic but the truth is that nobody from that club talked with me about it,” the 25-year-old’s agent, Tonci Martic, told 24sata.
“Some time ago we did but not only about Strinic. For now the most interested clubs come from the Premier League in England.
“Dnipro wants €9million, Stoke City and Sunderland offers little less than that though at the moment.”
Earlier this month, Martic suggested that Dnipro had rejected Sunderland’s offer for the Croatia international.
Should they stay in the English Premier League, the Black Cats will surely need to bolster their back four, with on loan Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose expected to return to White Hart Lane at the end of the season.