Daley Sinkgraven has ruled out the possibility of joining Manchester United in January by indicating his preference would be to work his way to the top of Dutch football with Ajax before he would consider a move abroad.
United were linked with a move for Sinkgraven, 19, back at the start of October. He currently plays for Eredivisie side SC Heerenveen and has made quite the impression there as well as with the Netherlands’ U21s this season.
As Louis van Gaal has already brought 16-year-old Timothy Fosu-Mensah to United from Ajax, it’s clear he is keeping an eye on burgeoning Dutch talent but by the sounds of it Sinkgraven has no intention of making a move any time soon even if Van Gaal wanted to pursue him.
“I see it is a compliment that such big clubs are interested,” Sinkgraven said.
“I would first prefer to play at the top of the Netherlands. I think it is too soon to move to a foreign country. Ajax would be a nice step.”
With Van Gaal in charge, Dutch players who ‘fit his philosophy’ are likely to be a focus of his attention which is more than likely why reports linking Sinkgraven emerged in the first place but at 19, the midfielder doesn’t feel he is ready for any move to a foreign club.
If he was to join United he would only play for the U21s so as long as he is getting regular first-team football with Heerenveen, that’s the best place for his development.