Ajax ace Christian Eriksen says he must emulate the form of Tottenham defender and former teammate Jan Vertonghen before leaving Eredivisie.
The 20-year-old midfielder says he will only be worthy of a transfer to a major European league after he has learnt everything he can in the Netherlands.
“Jan Vertonghen is a good example for me. Last season he played a few bad matches before Christmas as well, but after the winter break he was extremely good every game,” Eriksen told De Telegraaf.
“I have to show every week that I’m the best. Only when you don’t have anything to learn in Holland, you have to think about a transfer.”
The Middelfart-born attacker went on to concede that he has been unhappy with his lack of consistency this term.
“I’m not satisfied yet. Maybe it’s usual with young guys like me, but it’s not good that I only played good in big games,” the Danish international said.
“That would be too easy, because everybody can charge himself for these matches. But it’s a good thing that I reach a higher level each time I play these matches.
“Matches versus smaller clubs have to be fun as well. It’s also about having fun on the pitch. Motivation doesn’t come from atmosphere or importance, I have to take this from myself. I have to switch the button.”