AJAX star Donny van de Beek has refused to rule out a move to Manchester United, saying that it is "a good sign" that he has been linked with the Prem giants.
Speculation continues that the midfielder could make a move away from Dutch football - but that isn't likely to happen until the end of the season.
But United and the likes of Real Madrid have been given a boost in their hopes of snapping up the 22-year-old.
Speaking to FOX Sports Netherlands about the prospect of moving in the January transfer window, Van de Beek said: "It is not that I can or want to do something at the moment.
"I have said it before, and I will say it again: I will remain at Ajax this season. And maybe next season as well.
"These reports about Real Madrid or Man United are a good sign, but it is not important now.
"I've said I will stay at Ajax and I will do so for 100 per cent."
UNITED SPURNED CHANCE
United could have got the Ajax starlet for £20million in the last transfer window, but chose not to seal the deal.
A change of heart has seen them return for Van de Beek, but Real look to have stolen a march by already agreeing to match the near £47million asking price.
United were so keen in the summer that they actually held extensive talks with the player’s representatives, before deciding against it.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer desperately needs to add more creativity to his midfield if he is to mount a serious top four challenge.
Van de Beek, a product of the famed Ajax academy, was in the team which lost to United in the Europa League final three years ago.
He was a key member of the side which agonisingly lost out on a Champions League final slot to Spurs last term, albeit with the consolation of a domestic league and cup double.