PSV Eindhoven forward Jurgen Locadia has admitted that he dreams of playing for Manchester United at some point in the future.
The Dutchman claimed a sensational hat-trick on his debut during a 20 minute substitute appearance and has gone on to make 160 appearances for the Eredivisie side.
He has struggled for minutes in recent times, making just 14 appearances during a 2016/17 campaign blighted by niggling injury problems.
And Locadia, an avid musician off the pitch, noted that he aimed to become a Man United player by playing for another domestic side first.
If [the music] is well received, I want to continue doing it,” he said. “Deep in my heart I dream of running a festival with 30,000 people.
“But I still hope to play football for a year or 11. Manchester United is my dream, but I would go through an intermediate step.
“I like the path Georginio Wijnaldum took from Newcastle United to Liverpool.”
I admire Locadia’s foresight when it comes to the importance of a ‘stepping stone’ before signing for a club of United’s magnitude. The example he cites in the form of Georginio Wijnaldum, who probably had offers from Liverpool and other top sides when he was at PSV, is a good one: he chose to imbibe the Premier League culture on a smaller scale and has not, as a result, looked out of place at Anfield.
In the case of Locadia, then, be wary of a move to a lesser Premier League side – unless, of course, he decides to release an album instead.