Highly-rated Utrecht winger Dries Mertens claims a move to Ajax could still be on the cards in the summer.
The 23-year-old attacker was a candidate to replace Luis Suarez at the Amsterdam Arena after the Uruguay international departed for Liverpool on transfer deadline day.
However, the Eredivisie giants reportedly refused to meet Utrecht's substantial asking price for the Belgian and the deal collapsed.
Mertens is refusing to rule out a switch at the end of the season, but insists the Dutch club is not his only option.
"It would have been a nice reward for my performance if the transfer had gone through," Mertens told Voetbal International.
"We'll now have to wait and see what happens at the end of the season. Ajax is still an option, but I could also stay at Utrecht or move elsewhere."
He added: "The people at Utrecht know that I'm always looking to improve myself and that I want to get the maximum out of my career.
"They also know that Ajax would have been a step forward for me, but I never demanded a transfer to Amsterdam.
"I'm not too disappointed that the move fell through. I'm happy at Utrecht and will continue to do my utmost. This just illustrates how important I am for the team."