MILAN (AP) – Christian Eriksen admits he is likely to leave Ajax for a trophy-chasing club in the future, but insists he has no plans to make a move any time soon.
The 20-year-old playmaker is considered to be one of European football's hottest prospects, with the continent's biggest clubs forming an orderly queue in the race to secure his signature.
Ajax have no desire to part with their most prized asset, and Eriksen is aware that his development would be better served in Holland for now.
He concedes that the time will come for him to take on a new challenge, but he is not prepared to take that plunge without giving plenty of consideration to his options.
"You can learn so much from training with the top guys," Eriksen told the Daily Mail.
"You don't learn from playing against them. When it's time to leave Ajax, I'll try to go to a bigger team who do well in the Champions League every year and win trophies.
"But I'd make sure it was somewhere where I wouldn't just sit on the bench. Right now, my mind is only focused on Ajax."
Eriksen will be offered another opportunity to impress on Thursday when Ajax face Manchester United in the Europa League.
The Red Devils would welcome the opportunity to bring him onto their books in the future, and the promising midfielder is aware of what he can expect from the Premier League were he make a move to England.
"I went to Chelsea twice when I was 14 and 15," he said.
"I was at Danish club Odense at the time and came across with a friend to Cobham. We played against West Ham youth away and the year after we played Millwall away.
"It was a bit of a shock playing against Millwall. I knew the reputation of English football was tough but my first thoughts when we started were, 'Wow, this is different to Denmark'.
"They kicked a little more and made crazy tackles but I wasn't injured when I returned to Denmark, so I guess I did okay."