Premier League target Siem de Jong: I'm ready to leave Ajax

The Netherlands midfielder believes that it is time for him to move on from the Eredivisie champions and move to a different league if he is to further his international career
Ajax captain Siem de Jong has revealed that he is ready to leave the club for the Premier League or Bundesliga.

The 24-year-old has reportedly attracted interest from top-flight clubs, including Newcastle, over the past two seasons and the attacking midfielder is eyeing up a move to either England or Germany.

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De Jong celebrated his side's third consecutive Eredivisie title on Sunday and declared afterwards that it is time for a new chapter in his career.

"I think I'm ready for my next step," he told De Telegraaf.

"The World Cup is not an issue in my decision on a new club. The coach [Louis van Gaal] told me that I've got to be in a good shape and play a lot when the tournament is there - only then do I have a chance to go to Brazil - but, if I leave, I want to go to a club where I've got a big chance to play."

Though the feels that there are options in the Premier League, De Jong is keen to ensure that he joins a team playing a style that suits him.

"In England a lot of clubs won't suit me because I want to go to a club that plays football," he explained. "I don't want to go to a club that doesn't involve the midfield in their play."

"[The Premier League] together with the Bundesliga, those are the competitions I prefer. I think, with my type of play, the Bundesliga suits me the best."