Saido Berahino admits Champions League ambitions could force West Brom departure

After earning his first England call-up on Thursday, West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino has revealed his desire to play Champions League football.

West Bromwich Albion youngster Saido Berahino has admitted that his desire to play Champions League football could force him to leave the Hawthorns.

Berahino, 21, has been among the Premier League’s most prolific strikers so far this season, netting seven times in 10 games to establish himself as the top-flight's leading English scorer.

His fine form rewarded on Thursday with a call-up to Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions squad, the emerging marksman has been linked to the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur over the past months, and now concedes that his career ambitions could mean he has to move on in the not too distant future.

“If that is what it comes to, then yes, I’ll have to do that," he said on Sky Sports News HQ.

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

“I work hard, have a big vision and hopefully I can reach my goals.

“Obviously, I appreciate what West Brom have done for me. I’m working hard each day to try to bring the club up and win as many games as a I can. I just stay focused.’’

Baggies manager Alan Irvine is understanding of the situation, however, adding: "We are hoping to take the club forward but we all know that there are certain clubs that are competing for Champions League spots year after year.

“I think it is important for any young player who gets an opportunity to go to them [a wealthier club] to make sure that it's the right time.

“Saido is quite right to say he is still learning, he still has lots to do to be the player he wants to be. Who knows what the future brings and where he will end up playing?

"Right now, he’s in a good place. He’s at a club where he’s got a chance to play week in, week out in a position that plays to his strengths."

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