Siem de Jong contemplating Ajax exit

With the World Cup a year away, the 24-year-old believes now may be the time to leave Amsterdam for a bigger club
Siem de Jong has admitted he is considering leaving Ajax this summer in a bid to make the "next step" in his career.

The midfielder played a starring role as the Amsterdam giants lifted a third consecutive Eredivisie title this season, but is now mulling over his next step as he looks to become a key player for the Netherlands ahead of World Cup 2014.

“[I grew] as a footballer and as a person. Perhaps now is the time for the next step, abroad,” he told ANP.

“I'll see what’s coming at me in the summer and then make an assessment. I do not necessarily want to move away from Ajax, especially in the season of the World Cup, it is important for me to play a lot. Ajax does that for me.”

De Jong's performances this term have seen him named in Louis van Gaal's squad for Netherland's friendlies with Indonesia and China this month and he revealed his delight at being a part of the national side.

He said: “I’m in the selection of the Dutch national team and that's always nice. It’s just a chance to show myself on and off the field again. I have previously been called up under this coach only once. In that respect it is a great opportunity to show myself. I am absolutely excited.”

The 24-year-old then revealed his favoured position and admitted he faces tough competiton to nail down a regular spot with the Oranje.

“I see myself as a player in the number 10 position, behind the striker. When I play as a striker, that’s no problem. But I’m not a real striker. I’ve always played as an attacking midfielder since I was little," he explained.

“In my position, the guys playing international football play at top clubs. They are great footballers. Maybe that’s a little bit my bad luck.

“I have been a midfielder two years in a row [for Ajax], and I have been the player with the most goals. That says something. Sometimes I was less focused on the goal too, and played mainly for the squad. It actually comes naturally.”