Hakan Calhanoglu has told Hamburg that he wants to leave the club this summer so he can emulate the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
The Turkey international has been linked with a variety of clubs this summer, including the likes of Bayern Munich, Chelsea and Arsenal but Bayer Leverkusen have emerged as front runners for his signature.
And the 20-year-old wants to move to the BayArena so he can prove himself at continental level, with B04 having sealed a Champions League spot for next season.
"I told them that I want to go - no matter whether we play in the first or second division," he told Sport Bild.
"I would definitely leve Hamburg. I can see myself clearly at Bayer Leverkusen. The fact is, I want to play in Europe and I want to make my parents happy.
"I want to go as far as Ronaldo and Messi. I want to be a world star."