Honda stalls on Reds link
In-demand midfielder Keisuke Honda has insisted he is happy to stay at VVV Venlo.
By Edwin Chong
Last Updated: 17/08/09 10:32am
In-demand midfielder Keisuke Honda has insisted he is happy to stay at VVV Venlo despite interest from Liverpool.
The Japan international is being closely monitored by Rafa Benitez's scouts, while a host of other clubs including PSV Eindhoven and Ajax are reportedly keen on his services.
Honda, though, has all but ruled out a switch to the Premier League, believing his development would be better served by an extended spell in the Eredivisie.
"I was told before the match (with ADO Den Haag) that a scout from Liverpool had come," he said on his personal website last week.
Although Honda would love to pit his skills against the best in England, the 23 year-old believes he is not ready for a move abroad just yet.
"I'm very happy and comfortable with life over here. The people I've met are friendly and I just don't feel out of place," he told Eredivisie Live.
"At the moment, moving to a club abroad is not an option I'm considering."
The news will come as a boost to Dutch giants PSV and Ajax, as both clubs have been tracking the talented midfielder for some time.
Venlo have slapped a €10million (£8.6m) price tag on Honda, and any move appears unlikely until the January transfer window.