El Ahmadi hints at Holland stay
Karim El Ahmadi has cooled talk of an English move by insisting he wants to prove himself in the Netherlands.
Last Updated: 14/07/11 9:57am
Karim El Ahmadi has cooled talk of an English move by insisting he still wants to prove himself in the Netherlands.
The defensive midfielder has been heavily linked with a Feyenoord exit this summer after making just 15 appearances for the Eredivisie club last season.
Championship side Nottingham Forest are thought to be chasing his signature, with new manager Steve McClaren having witnessed the 26-year-old in action during his time in Holland managing FC Twente.
But El Ahmadi, who joined Feyenoord from Twente shortly before McClaren's arrival in Enschede in 2008, has hinted he would prefer to stay on in his home country and prove his worth after a difficult spell at De Kuip.
"I'm 26 years old, I'm not done," he told Voetbal International.
"For almost three years I've not shown what I can do, so it's time to let everyone see that I'm potentially still one of the best midfielders in the Netherlands.
"The ambition to prove it burns more than ever."
Financially-stricken Feyenoord are reportedly keen to offload El Ahmadi this summer due to his high salary.
The Dutch-born Morocco international is under contract in Rotterdam until 2013.