Despite protestations from his manager, Steve McClaren, it would appear that FC Twente striker Luuk de Jong is looking to leave FC Twente according to his agent.
Borussia Mönchengladbach and Newcastle are said to be the two clubs who are most interested in the Netherlands international as speculation continues to mount over the future of the 21-year-old.
However his current boss has been trying to keep his prize asset at the club and believes that de Jong should play a least another season in the Eredivisie before moving on. That is something that de Jong’s agent, Louis Larios disagrees with as he feels his client has already done enough to earn a move to a bigger league. He said:
“Luuk scored 25 goals in the Dutch league last season, how many more does he need to score? 35?”
“Luuk has taken the decision to move on,” Laros told TC Tubantia. “He wants to develop as a player in a bigger league. The important thing for us is the development of Luuk. Not the money, but the way of playing and the amount of playing time he will get will be decisive.”
Larios added: “Luuk is still a Twente player at the moment, but if the right club comes along then he will happily make the move.”
“The club doesn’t need to be a top club, but a good club in a big league where Luuk can play regularly and develop as a player.”
Interesting to see that the career path of the player is taking a prominent role in the thought process of his agent although obviously I’m sure there will be a payday in there for him also.
Would he get regular playing time here though? I would say that he would as we, hopefully, have a lot of games to contend with next season plus another African Cup of Nations to contend with so there will be plenty of opportunity for the lad, even if we keep hold of Demba Ba.
Now we just need to agree a fee…