Cody Gakpo says he will decide his future after the 2022 World Cup, while Netherlands team-mate Virgil van Dijk believes the forward is ready to take the next step in his career, but questioned whether Manchester United and Real Madrid are “in the same place”. on the same level.”
Gakpo has been one of the tournament’s breakout stars and has scored three goals in four games for the Netherlands, who reached the quarter-finals with a win over the United States on Saturday.
His performances for the national team – as well as his impressive domestic form at PSV – have led to speculation that he could move clubs in January.
He came close to signing for Manchester United in the summer and has also been linked with Real Madrid.
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Speaking after the USMNT’s win in Qatar, Gakpo said his future would be decided “after” the tournament.
“Honestly, I don’t think about it right now,” he said The Athletic.
“I’m focused on the tournament and I want to continue to play well and help the team. Hopefully, after becoming the world champion, we will think about other things.
“I try to concentrate and the other players don’t talk about that.”
Gakpo has established himself as an important player for his national team and Van Dijk believes the 23-year-old is ready to take the next step in his career.
“Does Gakpo, who is interested in Manchester United and Real Madrid, feel he is ready for a high-level challenge?” Van Dijk replied: “Are Manchester United and Real Madrid at the same level at the moment? No respect, no respect at all.
“I think his next step is inevitable. I certainly think it could be.
“Whether it will be in the winter or next year, time will tell. But he’s a great kid. (He) works hard, is very talented and has a lot more in him. We are very pleased that it is doing so well and may it continue to do so.”
Tyrell Malacia, who signed for Manchester United from Feyenoord in the summer, added: “He is good enough to reach the top level, no doubt.” And Vincent Janssen, who plays for Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League, said: “There is so much in him. There is quality and a very good selection for him. I don’t know when, but he can play everywhere, I think.”
Next Friday, the Netherlands will play the winners of the Argentina-Australia match for a place in the World Cup semi-finals.
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The Netherlands looked flat, but Cody Gakpo stood out
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