Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt has ruled out a move back to his former club Feyenoord, as he believes he is too young and feels it would be a step back.
Recently the Dutchman has not been as heavily involved in the first team as he is used to under Kenny Dalglish and this has led to reports claiming he would leave the Anfield club in the summer.
There have been reports suggesting the 31-year-old has a £1million release clause if a bid comes in from Europe and his latest comments suggest he will be departing Merseyside in the summer, though Kuyt still thinks he is able to play at the top level.
“The fact I held talks with Feyenoord indicates I wanted to give it a serious chance. But in many ways the gap is too great at this moment in time,” he told AD Sportwereld.
"If I returned to Holland, I would have to take an 80 per cent cut in my Liverpool wages.”
Such a significant wage cut would not be a problem for Kuyt, but he claims he is too young to make that step at the moment.
The Holland international is not ready to make the step down and thinks he is still in a good enough condition to be playing for one of Europe’s top clubs, challenging for European honours.
“If you are 35 or 36, you know your career is almost done. But I'm only 31 and in the prime of my life. I still have two or three years left at the top,” he added.
“I still have the ambition and fitness to play at the highest level, a club in a major competition or a big club with European ambitions.”