By Harvey Byrne
Middlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon has shared his ambitions of playing for a bigger club, mentioning Everton specifically.
The 25-year-old made the switch to the north of England just last summer in a £12million deal from Serie A club Atalanta.
The midfield enforcer has played 22 times for Aitor Karanka’s side in all competitions this season, bringing a return of three goals.
His Boro team are set to welcome the Toffees to the Riverside Stadium on Saturday afternoon and he could see it as an opportunity to impress his fellow Dutchman Ronald Koeman.
“I am incredibly lucky – I play for a good club and live in a nice area – but I am ambitious as well,” told De Roon to Voetbal International magazine, as quoted by the Sun.
“I won’t get to play for Manchester City, or another club among the top five in England.
Football Insider verdict:
The timing of these comments is extremely strange and one which will have not gone down well with the Middlesbrough staff or fans. The player is clearly angling for a way out of the club and this could be his first foot out of the door. However, if he thinks he is good enough for a club such as Everton then he clearly has delusions of his own talents. De Roon is hardly pulling up trees at a lesser team in Boro and as mentioned the Toffees are well stocked in the centre of the pitch. At 25 the midfielder is already close to his peak years and has little growth left. Therefore, he should focus on playing for a club at his level like Middlesbrough before talking about joining other teams.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are in a battle for this Euro wonderkid.