Saido Berahino confirms he could leave for Champions League football

Saido Berahino to leave West Brom for Champions League football (©GettyImages)

West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino has revealed that he could leave club in search of Champions League football, according to the Daily Mirror.

The young English attacker, who earned his first national team call up this week, believes his "big vision" for his footballing career encompasses playing in Europe's premier cup competition. 

Vision realised

With clubs like Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspurs hot on his trails, Berahino did not specifically rule out a new deal at the Hawthorns either. 

“I have a big vision and hopefully I can achieve my goals," he said.

"I have a big vision and hopefully I can achieve my goals"

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“My ambition would be to play in the Champions League, be involved in England’s seniors and go to play in big ­tournaments like World Cups and Euros.”

The 21-year-old certainly has high ambitions, which is hardly confounding considering the form he is in in. Berahino has already racked up seven goals in the league and will be looking forward to add to that tally when the Baggies host Newcastle United in the weekend. 

Quitting West Brom

Berahino, who came through the youth ranks of West Brom, revealed it would be very emotional to leave the Baggies, but until that day he would give his everything to help the club achieve its dreams. He then went on to let it be known that he appreciates what West Brom have done to help him in his ambitious footballing journey.

“If that is what it comes to then it will have to be that," he said when asked whether he would leave West Brom for Champions League football.

"But I appreciate what West Brom have done for me and I am working hard to bring the club up and try to win as many games as I can.

“If we can win on Sunday it will have been a great week for me," he added.

Tough upbringing

Born in the war-torn south eastern African country of Burundi, Berahino had a very difficult and tough childhood. Having lost his father in the country's bloody civil war, the young England striker believes it is experiences like these that gave him the mental strength and tools to become a professional footballer. 

He added: “Mentally I couldn’t be any more prepared, the experiences I have been through in life have made me strong.

“Nothing I get put through will be able to break me down.”

Rooney partnership

West Brom manager Alan Irvine, who also nurtured a young Wayne Rooney during his time at Everton under David Moyes, believes Berahino and Rooney would compliment each other up front for England. 

“They can play together. If Wayne is playing he won’t be making those same type of runs, while Saido may well find if he makes those runs Wayne could be sliding balls through for him.”

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