Cody Gakpo says “anything is possible” with his future at PSV after impressing the Netherlands at the World Cup.
The 23-year-old scored in his national team’s first two matches: a 2-0 win over Senegal followed by a 1-1 draw with Ecuador, with Oranje leading Group A with a match to spare.
He recently revealed he was disappointed that he missed out on a move to Manchester United while Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have since been linked.
While Gakpo’s main focus is on helping the Netherlands push deeper into the World Cup, he doesn’t rule out leaving PSV when the January window opens.
“Now I am busy with the Dutch team. I’ll see what happens in the winter. Everything is possible in football,” he said at a press conference on Sunday.
“I am not shy about rumors. But this is a team sport, it’s not about one person. I prefer it to be about the team.
“People write good things, but I don’t care too much. Right now I’m focused on the World Cup. I’m just focusing here and doing my best.”
Gakpo has been directly involved in 34 goals in 28 games for PSV and the Netherlands this season, scoring 16 goals and providing eight more assists.
Although he is enjoying his best campaign to date, the forward – in his fifth season as PSV’s main player – insists there is still more to come.
“I know what I’m capable of, but it’s always difficult to reach my highest level,” he said. “I’m not there yet; I can improve a lot.
“I know I scored two goals in this World Cup. But that’s not the focus right now. I can get better, I want to help the team. At the end of the day, it’s about being the best team.”
Gakpo could become the fourth player to score in three consecutive World Cup matches for Orange after Johan Neskens (1974), Dennis Bergkamp (1994) and Wesley Sneijder (2010).
The Netherlands will advance to the round of 16 if they escape defeat to host nation Qatar on Tuesday, and a loss could also help them through if Ecuador beats Senegal.
They have won all four World Cup matches against Asian teams, scoring 11 goals and conceding just once.