Dynamo Kiev centre-back Aleksander Dragovic has admitted he was honoured by Manchester United’s recent interest and that he feels ready for a big move.
The 23-year-old was strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford - as well as Arsenal - last month, but a transfer failed to materialise.
Speaking to Austria’s Der Standard, the defender insists that his performances over the past six months prove he is ready to make the step up to a top club, but admits he feels content with Dynamo Kiev for the time being.
Dragovic: I'm ready to step up
“We have seen in the last six months that I feel ready [to step up],” he revealed. “At some point I will hopefully step up.
“I feel very, very comfortable with Kyiv. The time now is not that I really want to leave the club.”
On the subject of Manchester United’s interest, Dragovic continued: "This is a world club because you do not need to talk."
Dragovic likes Spanish football
However, the Austria international also admitted that is he particularly attracted by La Liga because he likes the Spanish style of play.
"Every team is playing strong,” the defender added. “This is certainly the most beautiful, attractive football to watch. But it does not matter.”
Dragovic also joked that Real Madrid could be the only club he would immediately leave Dynamo Kiev for if the opportunity arose.
Dragovic: Boyhood Arsenal fan
It was revealed by Sport Witness last month that Dragovic was a boyhood Arsenal fan who ‘dreamt’ of playing for the Gunners. However, the Austrian makes no reference to the north London outfit in his interview.
Arsenal, though, may no longer still be interested in Dragovic after Arsene Wenger completed an £11.2 million deal for Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Paulista, from Villarreal, instead.
Manchester United may return for Dragovic in the summer depending on his performances between now and the end of the season.
The new Nemanja Vidic?
Red Devils’ boss Louis van Gaal is keen to strengthen his defensive options and will make a move for Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels, the Manchester Evening News understand.
While Dragovic may lack the same profile as Hummers, he would cost considerably less, both in terms of a transfer fee and wages.
In May 2013 he admitted his idol was former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic, who the Red Devils plucked from relative obscurity at Spartak Moscow in January 2006.
Will Dragovic follow in the footsteps of his role-model at Old Trafford?