Opdam to take his time

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Barry Opdam says he is in no rush to commit his future to AZ Alkmaar.

The 29-year-old is a pivotal figure for AZ coach Louis van Gaal and the club are keen to tie him down to a long-term deal.

Opdam is likely to feature for the Netherlands at the World Cup and it could be an opportunity for him to catch the eye.

"I like it at AZ and it would not be a punishment to stay longer," the defender told AD Sportwereld. "But I'm almost 30, so you start to think.

"And who knows what the World Cup will bring."

Opdam's present deal is due to expire in the summer of 2007.