Motherwell striker Kevin van Veen believes the club should consider any lucrative offers they get for him this summer – but insists he’s delighted with life at Fir Park right now.
The Dutch forward has been in spectacular form this season, scoring 25 goals in 40 games and spearheading the team’s climb from the foot of the table to safety.
Those performances have earned the respect of his fellow players and seen him join Reo Hatate, Callum McGregor and Kyogo Furuhashi on the shortlist for PFA Premiership player of the year.
Van Veen said he was very happy to be gaining recognition, and said that the calibre of his fellow nominees from title-winning Celtic made the nomination even more special.
Reflecting on his form, he admitted it was up there with the best in his career and that he felt he had delivered on earlier promises.
“I’ve had similar seasons in the Netherlands but they weren’t quite the same level,” he said. “To be in the top flight in Scotland and do this is very good.
“I always believed in myself. I said I was going to chase the top scorers in the league and I’ve done it this year.
“I know what I’m capable of and I’m just very happy that I’ve shown people that.
“People probably didn’t believe me. They probably thought I was just some random Motherwell striker who had whisky in the morning and is probably not all there but I said it because I believed in myself.”
The goals have put the spotlight on the 31-year-old and raised questions about his future with the club.
He was adamant that he was settled in Lanarkshire and wouldn’t agitate for a move but said that Motherwell should seriously consider any lucrative offers and that he would like to see himself and the club benefit financially if the opportunity arose.
“At the moment I can’t say other than that I’m focused on Motherwell,” Van Veen said. “It’s very cliché but I love playing for the club. They gave me a platform to perform, to show my ability and what I can do.
“But I can say, for example, that if the club is offered a really good transfer sum in the summer to not say no. Financially for them, if everything is a green light, I’m more than willing.
“Helping the club financially, I’m not saying that I want to leave, but if everyone is thinking that it’s the right thing then we need to sit down round the table and see what’s best for the player but also for the club.
“It’s probably going to be interesting to see what happens in the summer or not. If not, then I’m delighted to be a Motherwell player anyway.
“Motherwell gave me a platform and with everyone at the club it feels like a big family. Everything is great down there and I like everyone. I would never try to push myself out in a bad way.
“I’m already quite old. If there is one more chance to make a step, financially or for football, I want everyone to agree on it. I would never leave in a bad place and want everyone to be happy and positive if it is going to happen.
“I have four more games for Motherwell and I’ll do my best to score and in the summer we’ll see what is going to happen.”
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