Nigel De Jong has quelled rumours of his departure from Manchester City, insisting that he is “happy” at the Premier League champions.
The Dutch international has entered the last year of his contract, and having made just eleven first team appearances last campaign, speculation has suggested that the 27-year-old may look elsewhere to find a fresh challenge.
Bayern Munich and Inter Milan are just two of several teams interested in the former Hamburg midfielder, but the 27-year-old has chosen to distance himself from speculation suggesting that an exit from Manchester City is imminent.
“I don’t want to talk about that at the moment, it’s not in my mind – however, I’m playing football and I’m happy here,” De Jong told Manchester Evening News, after featuring in a Manchester XI that beat Stockport County on Saturday.
“I’m happy when I’m on the pitch and when I’m playing; football’s the most beautiful game in the world and you have to enjoy every moment.”
De Jong has been offered a fresh contract at Manchester City which he is yet to sign, leaving his future in doubt. But the hard-tackling midfielder, for the time being, seems focused upon aiding City in their quest to conquer Europe, following their domestic success in the FA Cup and the Premier League.
"We won the FA Cup last year, then the Premier League last season, so the next thing is the Champions League,” De Jong continued.
"However, that doesn't change the fact that we're in for all the titles this year - Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.
"We want to win them all but we have to maintain our focus."