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AZ Alkmaar midfielder and reported Arsenal target Adam Maher has revealed he would prefer to stay in Holland for at least another two years rather than move to the Premier League in the summer.
The 19-year-old, who has been attracting interest from the Gunners and Manchester City, has now confirmed he will leave AZ at the end of the season. But the player also insists he has no interest in a switch to England and instead plans to continue in the Eredivisie for the foreseeable future, with long-time admirers PSV Eindhoven and champions Ajax being his preferred destinations.
"I have already said that I do not want to go [to Arsenal]. I want a good stay in the Netherlands, at least another two to three years - I am only 19," talkSport quoted Maher as saying.
"PSV is a nice club, but on the other hand I live in Amsterdam. Last summer and last winter I indicated I want to go to PSV, but PSV was the only club that wanted to sign me. But I can also play for Ajax. In the summer I expect there will be a realistic bid. It is certain that I will be leaving," the teenager added.
Maher, a Dutch-Moroccan, made his senior debut for the Holland national team last year in a friendly against Belgium. The report also claims the midfielder, who has scored seven goals from 14 appearances for AZ this season, has an £8.5m price tag.
AZ boss Gertjan Verbeek recently endorsed Arsenal as an ideal destination for Maher. The manager stated he would prefer to do business with Arsene Wenger if and when a transfer happened and pointed out the success of compatriot Robin van Persie, who joined the Gunners from Eredivisie outfit Feyenoord in 2004.
"I think Arsenal is a perfect club for him. With Arsene Wenger, who worked with young talents like him before. He can get the most out of himself at Arsenal. Look at Robin van Persie, he joined Arsenal at a young age and look what he achieved," Verbeek said.