Southampton captain Pierre-Emile Hjojberg, who has been heavily linked with Tottenham in recent months, has admitted he is ready to play at the “next level”.
Last week we relayed a Daily Telegraph story that claimed Spurs are yet to make a final decision on a move for Hjojberg, who was initially linked with the Londoners back in the January transfer window by Sky Sports.
The midfielder has made 129 appearances for Southampton since joining the club from Bayern Munich in 2016. He has one year left on his current contract with the Saints.
Speaking to German TV channel Sport1, Hjojberg revealed he has a “fantastic” relationship with Southampton but admitted he sees himself competing for major honours elsewhere.
“I know what I want, the club knows it too,” said the 24-year-old Denmark international (as relayed by the London Evening Standard).
“I want to play at an even higher level than I am currently. The relationship between me and Southampton is fantastic.
“The club gave me the platform to grow. I’m not saying ‘goodbye’ and I’m focused on my club, but my goal is very clear: I want to win the Premier League and the Champions League.
“I gained a lot of experience [at Bayern Munich] so that I could move on to develop elsewhere. When I was 23 I became a captain in a Premier League club. Now I’m hungry to get to the next level.”
Hjojberg’s comments about the Champions League could be majorly relevant when it comes to Tottenham’s chances of signing him. Jose Mourinho’s men will be pushing for fourth place if and when the Premier League season resumes, but there are no guarantees.
It will be interesting to see if Hjojberg is still keen to join Spurs if they miss out on a Champions League spot.