Pass-master set for summer switch to the Premier League.
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Manchester City’s Champions League tormentor Christian Eriksen could be set for a summer move to the Premier League, after Ajax director Marc Overmars confirmed the 20-year-old is refusing to extend his contract at the club.
Eriksen is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in World football and has attracted attention from a host of European giants, including Manchester United, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
The Denmark international has been on sparkling form for Ajax this term and caught the eye as the Dutch outfit took four points off Man City in the Champions League group stage.
The Eredivisie Champions had hoped to keep Eriksen at the Amsterdam Arena beyond his current deal, which expires in summer 2014, but former Arsenal star Overmars has confirmed that is unlikely.
“We would like Christian to sign a new contract with us, but it’s not something he wants,” Overmars told Sporten.
“We will see what happens after this year. We will speak, of course, with him and his agent, and we’ll see what happens after December.”
Ajax are now likely to cash in on Eriksen next summer, rather than risk losing him for nothing 12 months later.
Eriksen remains coy on his future but did admit he is considering his options.
“I have not actually said that I will not be (staying), but what I have said to them is that I want to keep my options open… And I must move some time, but when it should happen, I do not know.”
Overmars has stressed that Eriksen must join a top European club competing at the highest level, which would appear to rule out struggling Liverpool who are said to be tracking the young playmaker.
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