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De Jong happy with Premier League interest

SoccerNews in UEFA Europa League 3 Jan 2012

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FC Twente forward Luuk de Jong says he would entertain a move to the English Premier League if the right offer arose.

The 21-year-old Netherlands international – contracted to the Eredivisie outfit until June 2014 – has been linked with the likes of Liverpool, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, and he revealed he would like to play in England one day.

“I’m still very happy playing for Twente, but every player has dreams,” De Jong told fifa.com.

“Mine is to play in a nice foreign competition one day. And the Premier League is a really nice competition. I don’t have real plans for the future – I’ll see what comes my way.”

De Jong turned his attentions to the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine in June and July, and said he would be prepared for any call from Netherlands coach Bert van Marwijk.

“I will be happy if I’m called up for the Euro 2012 finals. I know I’m not going to play a lot, but I’ll be ready whenever the coach needs me,” said De Jong, who has six Netherlands caps to his name after making his debut in February.

“I think we are one of the favourites to win the title, with Spain and Germany. But it is a tournament – you never know what happens.”

The Netherlands have been drawn with Denmark, Germany and Portugal in Group B at Euro 2012, and open their tournament against the former on June 9.

Interest in De Jong from England should come as little surprise, with the De Graafschap product hitting 13 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions for Twente.

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