Bursaspor’s William Troost-Ekong has spoken of his desire to return to England.
The defender came through the ranks at English outift, Tottenham - after reportedly snubbing interests from Liverpool and Manchester City - and later moved to the Netherlands to team up with Groningen in 2013.
Now with the Green Crocodiles in the Turkish Super Lig after spells with Haegesund and Gent, the Nigeria international said he is keen on a return to the country he spent his formative years as he aim to fulfil his goal of playing in the English Premier League.
"My goal is to return to England. Of course I do not rule out [a return to the Netherlands], but at the moment there is no reason to play football in the Netherlands,” Troost-Ekong told Voetbalzone.Voetbalzone.
“I aim to go to the Premier League and after the World Cup I might have that option. Otherwise I would like to see it in the next three or four years. There were some interests last summer, but there was nothing concrete from the Premier League. Now I notice that there are people who notice as I perform at international level. If I can run a good World Cup and play well, maybe some doors will open.
“That's the league to play football in. I've seen it and come close. Then, of course, also like to join in again.
"I do not have to return to Tottenham so that others can brush my shoes. But I would find it very nice to play against Tottenham in the league. That would be a dream come true for me already,' he added.
On his move from Belgian outfit, Gent to join Bursaspor in Turkey during the summer, the defender said: "It pleases me. I have now played six games.
“For me it was quite a difficult choice last summer, because I was not sure I wanted to renew at Gent or wanted to leave
“I got a very nice offer from Bursaspor and I think I so far the right choice I made.
"You play great games against good strikers and I think I've been since last week or better. I think it's a step up from Belgium,” he concluded.