Sheffield Wednesday defender Joost van Aken says he will leave the club this summer and wants to have a spell in Italy, Spain or Switzerland, Feanonline report.
The Dutch defender joined the Owls from SC Heerenveen in 2017.
Van Aken signed on a four-year deal. However, his time at Wednesday has been plagued with inconsistency both at pitch level and in the stands.
The 26-year-old was signed by Carlos Carvalhal, and has since seen Jos Luhukay, Steve Bruce, Garry Monk, Tony Pulis and now Neil Thompson have spells in charge.
With his contract expiring at the end of the season, van Aken says he will leave Hillsborough and embark on a new adventure abroad as he targets a different European league.
“If I go back to the Netherlands, I will probably not come to the Netherlands again. When I do that, it will be real to enjoy the game again and be closer to family. As a person, I would still like to be able to live and play football in another European country for a few years. Italy, Switzerland, Spain … I think that would be nice. My contract will expire next summer and after that I hope to embark on a nice adventure somewhere for a number of years. After that it might be time for a return to the Netherlands,” van Aken explained.
The versatile defender has been in and out of Wednesday’s first-team this season.
Van Aken has made 16 Championship starts, with his last coming in the 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day as injuries have hindered his game-time of late.
The former Heerenveen defender can operate in the middle or at left-back.
Wednesday’s lack of a natural left-back has given him further opportunities to feature this season, though the Owls’ recent good form may make it harder to come back in.
Van Aken has been a solid option during his time at Hillsborough, but supporters will arguably feel it will be for the best he moves on to another club this summer.