Southampton centre-back Maya Yoshida has admitted his desire to play for Manchester United after an impressive debut campaign for the South coast outfit.
The 24-year-old moved to the Saints from Dutch side VVV Venlo and has made a sizeable impact under both Nigel Adkins and recently Mauricio Pocchetino.
The Japanese international has established himself as a regular in the national set-up and has won 25 caps since making his debut in 2010.
And speaking to Southampton’s Daily Echo, Yoshida admitted his thirst to play at a higher level after speaking to his close friend and compatriot, Shinji Kagawa.
“Of course, everyone wants to play there [Manchester United],” he said.
“He (Kagawa) is my friend and a player with me in the national team, and playing in Manchester is always nice. Of course everyone wants to go to Manchester, why not?”
The man from the land of the rising sun has been in particularly fine form of late, playing his part in victories over Chelsea and Liverpool and has started the last 30 Premier League games.
It has certainly been an impressive debut campaign for Yoshida and despite making his debut in a 6-1 thrashing at Arsenal, he has gone from strength to strength ever since.
Whether Yoshida has the ability to make it at the top-level is unknown but with United clearly in the market for a centre back after repeated links with players such as Ezequiel Garay, Eliaquam Mangala and Frickson Erazo, a move for the Japanese international could yet materialise.
However, with two years remaining on his current deal, this could of course be a not-so-subtle attempt to secure a more lucrative contract with Southampton.