Van Bronckhorst confirms star interest

Feyenoord assistant manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst admits the Dutch club's star players are attracting interest from England - somewhere the former Arsenal defender hopes to one day manage. After retiring following the 2010 FIFA World Cup final against Spain, the 38-year-old moved into coaching at his hometown club under Ronald Koeman.

Feyenoord have enjoyed a great resurgence in that period, posting back-to-back top-three finishes after a struggling in mid-table before their arrival. A lot of that success is down to the talent coming through the Rotterdam club's youth system, such as Bruno Martins Indi, Steven de Vrij and Jordy Clasie.

All three have been heavily linked with a move to the English Premier League, but the latter two recently penned new deals at De Kuip - a move Van Bronckhorst believes will benefit their career in the long run. "There is always interest from England," he told Press Association Sport. "I think it is good for them to give the message that they want to stay.

"As a club, we really wanted them to stay but the decision is always has to be the player's. We are happy they will stay because it means we can keep our squad together and challenge for the title next year."

Martins Indi's immediate future is a little less certain, with the Dutch centre-back linked to both AC Milan and Van Bronckhorst's former side Arsenal. "He is very good," Van Bronckhorst said. "He is strong and has been in the first-team for a couple of the years and is a regular with the national team.

"He will eventually take the step to a club in Europe and, of course, when the time comes and a player wants to leave, he will leave. We are happy to have him but we know we cannot compete with the top clubs in Europe."

Van Bronckhorst is currently over in London ahead of the Champions League final and will be putting on his boots again tomorrow. The former Rangers and Barcelona defender will play in the Ultimate Champions Match at the UEFA Champions Festival in Stratford, but insists he does not miss the playing side.

He has just secured his UEFA Pro Licence with a view to becoming a manager and a return to England is something that appeals. "It is a great league if you're a fan, a player or a manager," Van Bronckhorst added.

"It is certainly a place I want to work in the future but for now I am enjoying my time at Feyenoord, where I am trying to develop myself as a coach and a manager. Eventually when I feel the time is right to become a number one, I will take that role."