Transfer news

De Jong considering Ajax exit

June 4, 2013
By ESPN staff

Ajax midfielder Siem de Jong has revealed he may look for a move abroad this summer in a bid to boost his chances of a prominent role for Netherlands at next year's World Cup.

Siem De Jong celebrates after putting Ajax 2-0 in front at Eastlands
GettyImagesDe Jong was a standout for Ajax last season

De Jong, 24, was pivotal in steering Ajax to their third consecutive Eredivisie title last month, scoring 13 league goals in 15 appearances.

The Netherlands international also starred as the Amsterdam club finished above Manchester City in their Champions League group, with three goals of his own.

But De Jong has suggested he requires a new challenge to prove himself to Oranje coach Louis van Gaal, although he is likely to only leave Ajax under the assurance of regular football at a big club.

"[I grew] as a footballer and as a person. Perhaps now is the time for the next step, abroad," he told Dutch news agency ANP. "I'll see what's coming at me in the summer and then make an assessment.

"I do not necessarily want to move away from Ajax, especially in the season of the World Cup, it is important for me to play a lot. Ajax does that for me."

De Jong has been selected for the upcoming friendlies against Indonesia and China, admitting his preferred position for the national team is as an attacking midfielder, although that may mean competing with Wesley Sneijder.

"I'm in the selection of the Dutch national team and that's always nice. It’s just a chance to show myself on and off the field again," De Jong added. "I have previously been called up under this coach only once. In that respect it is a great opportunity to show myself. I am absolutely excited.

"I see myself as a player in the number 10 position, behind the striker. When I play as a striker, that’s no problem. But I’m not a real striker. I’ve always played as an attacking midfielder since I was little.

"In my position, the guys playing international football play at top clubs. They are great footballers. Maybe that’s a little bit my bad luck.

"I have been a midfielder two years in a row [for Ajax], and I have been the player with the most goals. That says something. Sometimes I was less focused on the goal too, and played mainly for the squad. It actually comes naturally."