Leandro Bacuna outlines future plans to leave Aston Villa

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The 24-year-old Dutchman has revealed that he aims to make his "next step" within two years, naming Champions League regulars Ajax and PSV Eindhoven as appealing destinations.

Aston Villa utility man Leandro Bacuna has risked angering fans by telling Dutch outlet Voetbalprimeur of his ambitions to leave for a bigger club in the future.

Bacuna, 24, joined Villa from Eredivisie side FC Groningen in June 2013 for around £800,000 and has since made 92 total appearances for the club, recording seven goals and seven assists in the process.

The former Netherlands Under-21 international, who is now representing Curacao at the senior level, arrived in England as a winger but has lined up in various different positions over the past three seasons, including central midfield and both full-back spots.

His displays on the right-hand side of defence during last term’s run-in proved key to helping Tim Sherwood’s side beat the drop and he was later rewarded with a new contract until 2020.

However, he has struggled to replicate that form over the course of the current campaign and been in and out of the line-up as the club hurtle towards the Championship.

Nevertheless, his disappointing season has not stopped the versatile Villan talking up a potential move elsewhere down the line, having told Voetbalprimeur  in no uncertain terms that he aims to leave the West Midlands for bigger things within the next two years.

He even went as far as to name a couple of the teams he would interested in joining, citing Dutch giants Ajax and PSV Eindhoven as appealing destiantions because of the prospect of Champions League football.

"Within the next two years, I try to make my next step,” Bacuna told the website. “What it's going to be, I do not know at this time. But I want to grow in two years. It does not necessarily have to be in England."

On whether he could make a move back to his homeland, he added: "That would just be. Ajax or PSV? I think so. If you look at those clubs ... They play almost every year Champions League football. I want to have played once. If you have a chance there get, why not? "

Bacuna is the second Villa player to make comments about potentially leaving the Midlands for a so-called “bigger club” over the past few months, having followed in the footsteps of Jores Okore.

The 23-year-old centre-back, whose contract expires in 2017, was forced to deny he wanted to quit the club last month after Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet published an interview with him in which he outlined his Champions League ambitions, but the damage was done at that point.

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