HARRISON, N.J. – While he has no firsthand knowledge of legitimate interest from any teams abroad, New York Red Bulls and United States international defender Tim Ream has acknowledged that he would like to make a move to Europe if given the opportunity.
"You are always interested in becoming a better player and playing in the best leagues in the world," Ream said exclusively to Goal.com. "In the future, I’d definitely be interested in going over to Europe."
Ream was responding to the recent reports that have claimed that Dutch side PSV Eindhoven has inquired about his availability. Despite showing some inexperience during his time with the U.S. national team at the Gold Cup, landing a spot on the bench after a poor start against Panama, according to Ream’s agent Patrick McCabe, there are several clubs interested in the 23-year-old.
"Tim is attracting interest across Europe," McCabe said to MLSsoccer.com. "There's not a league over there that doesn't have teams watching him."
Ream has been an important player for the New York Red Bulls since the team drafted him in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft from St. Louis University. He proved to be a steal immediately in training camp and went on to start every game for the club last season and was a finalist for the Rookie of the Year gong. Looking to win its first MLS cup this season, New York will likely put up a fight to keep its young star defender and a move during the summer transfer window is unrealistic.
"Our focus is on continuing to build our team and not on selling players at this time," explained Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler to MLSsoccer.com.
Ream says that the initial report came out while he was on duty with the national team. Whether or not it is accurate, the center back claims that he doesn’t know due to an understanding that he and McCabe have regarding transfer rumors during the MLS season.
“I’ve read the article and I am sure my agent has as well, but at this point I don’t discuss those things with him,” said Ream. “My main focus is here.”
Still, Ream believes a move to Europe is something that is motivating him as it would only help him to progress his career playing by against best opposition. Yet, he also acknowledges that he is in no rush to leave the Red Bulls as he enjoys being one of the key contributors at the club.
“It’s just one of those things, if people are watching - great,” said Ream. “Whether that’d [a move overseas] be in a year’s time, two years', three years' time, that’s not up to me. I’m here in New York. I’m enjoying my time here, being able to play in every game. For a young player that’s important."
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