Ryan Thomas will leave Zwolle in search of Champions League football

New Zealand international Ryan Thomas is set to leave Dutch club Zwolle in the summer in a search for Champions League football.

The 23-year-old midfielder has told Dutch magazine Voetbal International (VI) he has an agreement with the club to leave in the European pre-season.

He says: “I’ve just become a father for the first time. The agreement with the club is that I will be looking for a new challenge next summer.”

He is open to a move to Dutch giants Ajax, Feyenoord or PSV but says he will look at Champions League teams abroad if necessary.

He says: “My goal is to go to a club that has a view of Champions League football. It is important that the next step is not too big, but certainly not too small.”

According to Belgian website Voetball Belgie, Thomas is interesting Belgian champions Anderlecht. However, it adds a transfer will not happen until summer and German and French clubs are also interested.

Thomas, who has moved to a holding midfield role for Zwolle this season and is currently sitting in the division’s team of the season based on player ratings, has ruled out a move to England.

He says: “”There is at least one competition that I do not want to go to and that is the Premier League.”

“My parents taught me to be realistic. If you want to play there, you have to be physically so strong. I am not yet that.

“That is always possible when I am 27, 28.”

The hard-working midfielder is a full New Zealand international and has attracted plenty of interest since moving to the Netherlands.
He scored in a 5-1 Dutch Cup final victory over Ajax in 2013 and has been one of the best players in the league this year.

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