The 24-year-old Belgian international defender has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Newcastle United also keeping tabs on his situation.
"I am still under contract until June 2013, but I do not intend to extend it," the Ajax captain told Vak410.nl. "I hope to continue my career at a good Premier League club where I can stay for many seasons.
"I will miss Ajax and I do not plan to sell my house [in Amsterdam]. But I want to get to know England and the unique atmosphere of its stadia."
With 36 caps for Belgium, the defender boasts a wealth of international experience, having also made appearances in the Champions League and Europa League, attracting interest from a host of top European sides.