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Jun 30, 2011

Strootman keen to succeed at PSV

PSV Eindhoven new boy Kevin Strootman insists he will not treat the club as a "way station'' to a move abroad.

Strootman, 21, has agreed a long-term deal after joining PSV from FC Utrecht, where he spent the second half of last season having begun the 2010-11 campaign with Sparta Rotterdam.

The midfielder won five caps for Holland following his move to Utrecht and joining PSV should arguably give him an even greater chance of establishing himself in the national team.

That in turn could attract the interest of overseas clubs but Strootman is adamant PSV is the best place for him to develop.

He told Voetbal International: "I could have continued my development at Utrecht, but PSV is one of the top clubs in Holland, where I can quickly become a better player.

"This was the most logical step. There have been a number of steps in quick succession, but I do not think about it. I wish every day to get the best out of myself and see where it leads.

"I do not see PSV as a way station to playing abroad. That would not be respectful to my employers. I'll do anything to succeed at Eindhoven.''

Strootman revealed he was encouraged to move to PSV by Holland coach Bert van Marwijk, who gave him his senior debut in a friendly against Austria in February.

"He invited me to play for the national team and has always talked positively about me,'' Strootman added. "I think a lot of people value his opinion and if the coach says you should go to a bigger stage, what are you going to do about it?''

Strootman has been joined at the Philips Stadion by Utrecht team-mate Dries Mertens, the Belgium forward who scored 10 goals in the Eredivisie last season.

Mertens, who moved to PSV for a reported €8.5 million (almost £7.7 million), said: "The most common reaction from the people I know is that the transfer is good for my international career, because at a big club I have more chance of playing time with the Red Devils.''

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