PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed he wants to play in a stronger league than the Dutch Eredivisie in the future, as reports continue to link the player with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle United.
The Holland international, 24, signed a new four-year deal at the Philips Stadion in August, but has now hinted he may leave the club when the transfer window re-opens in the summer.
“I am happy at PSV but I am a player with a lot of ambition,” Wijnaldum said. “I want to play in a stronger league than the Eredivisie.
“With my quality I feel I can bring a lot to a team that I will join. I want to show it in the big leagues; England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France.
“It depends on how I feel. When I feel I want to go, I will do it. It is difficult to say when I want to go, if a great club come in for me then I will think about it.
“Being the captain does not affect my decision. I have learnt from it, but there is no guarantee that I will stay because I am captain.”
Wijnaldum, who has tallied 12 goals and three assists in 29 league appearances for PSV this season, added: “I see a few games. I look at the big clubs and the ones not so big.
“I speak with Leroy Fer and Tim Krul about England a lot. Tim has been in England since he was 17. He only says good things about England and living in Newcastle.
“The stadium is big with 50,000 people, the fans are great and life is great there.
“You have better players and teams in England, and for myself it is better to play in a better league against better players.”
McCann: Walcott has been a ‘great servant’
The future of Arsenal F.C. forward Theo Walcott could depend on whether manager Arsene Wenger plans to play him at centre-forward or on the wing, according to Neil McCann.
The England international, 26, has failed to regain his place in the Gunners’ first-team squad since returning from a serious knee injury.
“It’s natural that Arsenal are discussing keeping Theo at the club and I think he’s been a very good servant to Arsenal,” said McCann.
“Whether Theo would fancy a change or not I don’t know – he is just recovering from a very serious cruciate knee injury.
“I know there’s debate about whether Theo should play on the wing or in the middle. I think his best position is playing in that sort of areas where he has a bit of freedom to run into the channels because I don’t think he’s best when he’s got his back to goal.”
Walcott has scored two goals in 8 English Premier League appearances, albeit just three starts, for Arsenal in 2014/15.