Between The Lines: Mike van der Hoorn hints at Swansea exit

Swansea City centre-back Mike van der Hoorn has been discussing his future with his contract at the Liberty Stadium due to expire this summer.

Aston Villa are plotting a move for Van der Hoorn – according to The Sun – and the defender has hinted that his future could be away from the Welsh club.

What did he say?

Van der Hoorn told Football Oranje:

“I’m just starting to number things up in my head about what I want to do. I have the option of a new contract, so it’s not really a free transfer [at the end of the season].

“The club has to decide if they want to activate that option. So, it’s up to them and we’re in talks over maybe a new contract.

“There’s a lot of things in my mind, but I just have to decide and I have to know what Swansea wants in the future and I have to know what I want. That’s how I’ll decide my future.”

The centre-back joined Swansea from Ajax in July 2016 and made 24 Premier League appearances for the Welsh outfit during the 2017-18 campaign.

This term, the defender has been an ever-present for the Swans, captaining the team on a number of occasions.

The 26-year-old, in truth, is too good for the Championship and it would not be a surprise to see a few Premier League clubs having a look at him.

Swansea’s January window was damaging even if they did keep hold of Daniel James and Leroy Fer, and they look to face a huge task to keep Van der Hoorn heading into next season.

What Van der Hoorn’s words really mean

Van der Hoorn’s comments will not exactly fill the Swansea fans with confidence.

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The Dutchman has not said either way whether he will sign a fresh deal, but he has admitted that he is considering his future.

The fact that there are “a lot of things” in the centre-back’s mind suggest that he is aware that clubs want to sign him for the 2019-2020 campaign.

It seems unlikely that Swansea will be able to secure a play-off spot this season as they struggle for consistency and a couple of poor results over the next couple of weeks could well see Van der Hoorn decide that his future is away from Wales.