Manchester United have been offered encouragement in their alleged pursuit of Georginio Wijnaldum after the PSV Eindhoven captain confirmed his desire to play in a stronger league than the Eredivisie.
The 24-year-old winger was asked about his future ambitions during an exclusive interview with Sky Sports ahead of a potentially title-deciding fixture against Heerenveen this weekend.
Wijnaldum is on the verge of leading PSV to a first Dutch title in seven years, and his impressive contribution of 16 goals in all competitions for Philip Cocu's side has attracted admiring glances from a number of potential suitors.
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The Holland international signed a new four-year contract extension at the Philips Stadion last August, but has openly admitted that he'd consider quitting the club if the right offer presented itself, and insisted that his position as first-team skipper would not convince him to stay put.
"I am happy at PSV but I am a player with a lot of ambition," Wijnaldum explained. "I want to play in a stronger league than the Eredivisie.
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"With my quality I feel I can bring a lot to a team that I will join. I want to show it in the big leagues; England, Italy, Spain, Germany and France."
Pushed for an answer on whether he'll be on his way out this summer, the fleet-footed forward said it was by no means a formality, but failed to rule out the prospect of a transfer completely in the forthcoming window.
"It depends on how I feel. When I feel I want to go, I will do it," he added. "It is difficult to say when I want to go, if a great club come in for me then I will think about it.
"Being the captain does not affect my decision. I have learnt from it, but there is no guarantee that I will stay because I am captain."
Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal will be pleased to read Wijnaldum's comments, particularly having been linked with a bid to bring the player to Old Trafford ahead of next season.
The fact he has already held conversations with some international team-mates about what it's like to play in the Premier League will also strengthen Manchester United's case for convincing him to sign on at the Theatre of Dreams.
"I see a few games. I look at the big clubs and the ones not so big," reflected Wijnaldum. "I speak with Leroy Fer and Tim Krul about England a lot.
"Tim has been in England since he was 17. He only says good things about England and living in Newcastle. The stadium is big with 50,000 people, the fans are great and life is great there.
"You have better players and teams in England, and for myself it is better to play in a better league against better players."
The presence of Van Gaal - Wijnaldum's former national head coach - is also likely to play a decisive role in the PSV star's potential switch to Manchester, as the veteran tactician continues preparations for another serious recruitment drive in the summer.
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