Ajax boss Frank de Boer has admitted Christian Eriksen will likely move to a side like Manchester United.
Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted that the Danish attacking midfielder is an interesting player being watched by many people.
Sky Sports have suggested the Old Trafford club are just one of a number of Europe’s premier teams interested in acquiring the 20-year-old.
“Christian is a smart kid; Of course maybe he will play for a big team like Manchester United in the future,” De Boer told Sky Sports.
However the former Holland international stressed it was important for Eriksen to stay with the Eredivisie and learn his trade further.
De Boer was a UEFA and European Cup winner in his ten years with the Amsterdam club and believes the young Denmark international would be better served sticking with them for a number of years more.
“I think he wants to show what he is capable of in this kind of team. It would be better for him to stay until he was 25 because you learn a lot in the Netherlands,” he added.
“If you leave afterwards you are a more stable player and ready to play in the big leagues.”
The two sides will meet on Thursday in the first leg of their Europa League last 32 tie – it will take place in the Dutch capital.
It is set to be a chastening experience for Manchester United, who were knocked out in the Champions League group stages.
Ajax were dumped out at the same stage after an astonishing 7-1 victory for Lyon over Dinamo Zagreb.