Christian Eriksen says he isn’t planning to leave Ajax any time soon – but turned down the offer of a new deal with the Dutch club in order to keep his options open.
Ajax director Marc Overmars confirmed today that Eriksen wouldn’t be extending his stay at the Amsterdam Arena beyond 2014 when his current deal expires, prompting speculation he could be heading to towards the exit in the summer.
Both Manchester United and Liverpool have been linked with a move for the Danish international, who has previously expressed his desire to leave Ajax but only when the time is right.
According to reports Liverpool see the talented youngster as the man to replace Steven Gerrard when he finally retires from the game, while Manchester United were believed to have been pondering a £20 million swoop to take him to Old Trafford before the summer window slammed shut.
Last month Liverpool were reportedly preparing to make a move in January only for Eriksen to snub a switch to Anfield or any other club mid-way through the season.
Barcelona have also been linked with a move for the 20-year-old who featured for his country at Euro 2012, and Ajax coach Frank de Boer recently compared Eriksen to Barcelona forward Lionel Messi.
Despite the speculation Eriksen says he is not thinking about a move away from the Eredivisie any time soon, and says his refusal to sign a new deal is not an indication that he has made his mind up to leave.
"I have not actually said I won't stay but what I have said to them is that I want to keep my options open,” he told Sporten.dk.
"I will leave at some time but when it happens I don't know."
"I still have a contract until 2014 and I feel fine at Ajax. I understand that they will try to extend my deal but I also feel that eventually I will try something new."
He added: "My agent is currently talking to the club and I have not said yes or no to anything."
Eriksen has impressed against English opposition in recent years, and was part of the Ajax team that pushed Manchester United hard in the Europa League last year.
He also helped orchestrate his side’s 3-1 win and 2-2 draw against Manchester City in the Champions League this term, and scored in the first leg at the Amsterdam Arena.