Manchester United defender Ritchie De Laet has expressed a desire to stay at Portsmouth on loan for longer than this season, as the youngster aims for more game time to prove himself to Sir Alex Ferguson.
"I would definitely like to come back to Portsmouth,” De Leat told The Daily Mirror.
“This must be my best season because I am playing many games."
Since signing with Manchester United in 2009, the 22 year old has been on loan to Sheffield United, Preston and Portsmouth. Portsmouth is where he has had the most appearances, and will no doubt be looking to build on that game time and impress Manchester United manager Ferguson.
Ferguson is reportedly looking to lower the average age of the Manchester United squad, and should De Laet impress in his next season, he could be included in Ferguson’s plans.
Ferguson recently discussed the importance of putting young players on loan to set them up for a successful career at Old Trafford.
“They’ve all done well,” Ferguson said of Manchester United’s on loan players.
“It proves we were right in putting them there in the first place.
“For them it’s that experience of being exposed to regular football that really brings them on so that they are ready to play for Manchester United.”
Should De Laet perform well next season at Portsmouth, Ferguson will most certainly be taking notice.