World Cup: Cody Gakpo responds to Man Utd and Arsenal transfer links | Football
Netherlands World Cup star Cody Gakpo has suggested he is in no rush to leave PSV despite being linked with big-money moves to the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool.
Gakpo scored more than 20 goals for Dutch club PSV last season and has continued his superb form this term, netting 13 times before the mid-season break for the World Cup.
The 23-year-old scored Netherlands’ opener against Senegal earlier this week and was also on target in their Group A clash against Ecuador, opening the scoring with a superb left-footed strike.
Speaking before the match, Gakpo was asked about the speculation over his future and insisted he was in no great rush to leave PSV, although he admitted he has seen several of his international team-mates improve at bigger clubs in Europe.
‘I understand the mindset of those players [who dream of joining a major European club]. I also have my sporting goals myself and I will make a choice from there,’ he told Algemeen Dagblad.
‘But it is certainly not the case that when I train here with players who play at big clubs abroad, I constantly think, “oh dear, now I also have to go abroad quickly.”
‘The idea that “they have all gone abroad, now I will too” is not there. But I do see players who have become even better and stronger abroad.
‘I played with Dumfries and Bergwijn at PSV and those guys have already experienced it. They share their experiences just like Memphis. The level abroad is even higher, you hear that all the time.’
Gakpo revealed he held talks with new Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag to discuss a move to Old Trafford last summer.
Speaking last month, he said he was open to joining United or their Premier League rivals Manchester City and Liverpool.
Current Premier League leaders Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Gakpo as they look to strengthen Mikel Arteta’s squad at the Emirates.
While Gakpo is flourishing for club and country, Manchester United hero Teddy Sheringham has warned his former club against signing the ‘flitty’ World Cup star.
‘United do not need another flitty player like Gakpo in their ranks,’ the former striker told BoyleSports.
‘We need a centre-forward who can lead the line now that [Cristiano] Ronaldo has gone. We need a focal point for the team to hit and who can bring players into play.
‘We cannot go for another technical player who can play as a winger or a false nine. We already have so many of those in [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford and [Jadon] Sancho and right now it’s a bit of a detriment to be honest.’
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