PSV Eindhoven defender Jetro Willems says he is prepared to finally make his move away from the Eredivisie after weeks of speculation.
The diminutive left-back is in his sixth season with the Dutch league champions and claims he is finally ready, at the age of 22, to test himself in a more competitive league.
After making his debut for Sparta Rotterdam at the age of 16, Willems was fast tracked by PSV, where he later became the youngest ever Dutch representative in a UEFA competition for Boeren when he started against Hapoel Tel Aviv in the 2011/12 campaign.
His meteoric rise continued when he became the youngest ever player to feature at the Euro's when he started for the Netherlands at Euro 2012 – against Bulgaria at 18 years and 71 days old.
Now, four seasons later, with 185 games for Phillip Cocu's side and 22 caps for his country, the pacey full-back is set for his next challenge.
"I had the opportunity to go away [before]," he told FOX Sports show Tafel van Kees.
"That PSV and my agent know too. But I did not really feel I was ready for it. I am someone who is honest to myself, if it's not good, it is not good.
"Then you need as a footballer to say: you have to show more for a year.
"You have to be ready. I must now prepare myself for a foreign league after six years in the Netherlands. That ambition is natural. In England the football twice as hard as in the Eredivisie."