Ibrahim Afellay admits it he is majorly relieved to have clarified his desire to quit PSV Eindhoven.
The highly-rated attacking midfielder looks set to be the subject of a bidding war amongst a host of European names in the January transfer window after telling the Eredivisie outfit he would not sign a new deal at the club.
PSV are faced with a situation similar to the saga Manchester United endured last week over Wayne Rooney's future, although it appears there is no chance of the Holland international performing a U-turn with the Dutch side.
The likes of United, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Juventus have been linked with the talented 24-year-old and Afellay - who has spent his whole career with PSV - feels his time has come to play in another league.
On his impending departure, he told sport-promotion.nl: "I feel that it's time to go abroad. I have had a great time in PSV and I still enjoy playing here.
"But every footballer wants to try to reach the highest level possible. I think now is right to make the leap. I will of course remain one hundred percent committed to the club (until I leave).
"This seems logical because I have tremendous respect for the fans. Wherever I play, I'll always take them in my hearts.
"But they deserve clarity about my future and I'm glad I have now given it to them. It was a huge weight of my shoulders".