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First on EWN: Serero keen for a bigger European move

Thulani Serero confirmed his manager had been in talks with several clubs.

FILE: Ajax Amsterdam's Thulani Serero celebrates scoring a goal with teammates during the UEFA Champions League group H football match between Ajax Amsterdam and FC Barcelona at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam on 26 November, 2013. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - In an exclusive interview with Eyewitness News Sport , Ajax Amsterdam and Bafana Bafana star midfielder Thulani Serero said that he would take some time to carefully consider his future, alluding to a possible big move away from Amsterdam.

Serero signed for the Dutch giants from their feeder club Ajax Cape Town in 2011 on a four-year contract and has won three Eredivisie titles with them.

The 24-year-old confirmed that his manager had been in talks with several clubs and was hoping he could attract a club that he too liked.

"My agent told me he's talking to a lot of clubs, we'll see what happens at the end of the season but for now I'm trying to play till the end of the season. I have a meeting with him soon to discuss everything and I hope whichever club he's talking to is what I like."

There had been reports recently from Italian media linking the midfield maestro to Serie A giants AC Milan when his contract rab its course, but the former PSL Player of the Year couldn't confirm where he may go.

Serero also told EWN Sport that one of the biggest reasons for his success in Europe had been thanks to former Bafana captain and current Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar.

Pienaar is no stranger to Dutch football as he too played for Ajax from 2001 to 2006 before moving to Germany and then England.

Serero said Pienaar helped him stay grounded and focus on his game.

"We talk when he's in Amsterdam, he talks to me a lot and I think this season, the way I'm playing now, the way I'm doing good for the team is because of him. At the start of the season he came to Amsterdam and he told me the importance of making it here and how to make it."

Back home, the former Ajax Cape Town star became the subject of national team turmoil as he was left out of the coach Shakes Mashaba's squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, leaving many fans believing that he had snubbed the country.

He rubbished the claims of rejecting a call-up, patched things up with Mashaba and made his return to the team during the recent international break, playing in Bafana's 3-1 win over Swaziland and the 1-1 draw with Nigeria.

Serero said he paid no mind to the reports about him and the apparent squabbles between him and Mashaba.

"I don't really think about it a lot, that's why I never say anything, it doesn't really bother me. People just write and say stuff which I understand it's their job. Mentally I'm very strong and I can take it, so I really don't mind it."

On Saturday, Serero's Ajax will take on SC Heracles Almelo, looking to continue the fight for an automatic champion's league place with PSV Eindhoven, who are 10 points clear at the top.