'Next Bergkamp' on Chelsea, Arsenal radar addresses transfer rumours

Mounting speculation links Ajax wonderkid with Eredivisie exit, but Dutch prospect believes you should only leave the league when you're the best in it.

Heralded as the second-coming of Dennis Bergkamp, Eredivisie starlet Davy Klaassen, 21, is certainly expected to fill some legendary football boots, especially if he ends up leaving Ajax and joining Arsenal, in a similar career path to the non-flying Dutchman, now an assistant manager at the Amsterdam Arena, aged 44.

Klaassen has long been intimated by sports scribes to be the new Bergkamp, a comparison perhaps started by enthusiastic Gunners fans who told Frank de Boer that very same thing after a pre-season friendly two years ago. De Boer agreed and the analogy has since snowballed.

Beyond their physical similarities, they also share technical traits, including close control and ability to pick a pass.

This season alone, Klaassen has been responsible for eight goals and one assist in the Dutch league, while also enjoying an 80% passing accuracy in both the Eredivisie and Champions League - a competition he, on average, creates at least one clear-cut chance per appearance.

In his latest quotes, though, Klaassen will only look to engineer a move away from Ajax, away from the division, once he becomes the undisputed best player in the league…

"If it goes well, there comes a time when you know 'now I have to go'," he is quoted to have said in the Netherlands. "But I'm still not there, though. Actually, I think you just have to leave if you're the best player in the Eredivisie - and not before."

In the past six weeks alone, Klaassen has been linked with a move to Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.

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