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.