Joachim Andersen has revealed he wants to stay in the Premier League next season following his loan spell with Fulham.
The centre back was one of the standout performers in Scott Parker’s side having sealed a temporary move from Lyon in October, though his stellar displays weren’t enough to secure the Cottagers’ survival in their first season back in the top flight.
Andersen’s fine form has seen him earn him a place in Denmark’s Euro 2020 squad and while he’s keen to focus his attentions on is national team duties for the moment, he’s hoping to seal a move back to the Premier League this summer.
“I am concentrating on the Euro and after that I will study my options and make my decision,” he told 90min. “I played well in the Premier League, so obviously I think it’s a league for me. I really see myself staying there.
“Having such a good season in the Premier League and showing my qualities is a dream. It’s the best championship in the world.”
Despite Fulham’s rocky start to the 2020/21 season it took Andersen no time at all to showcase his talents and he was handed the captain’s armband in just his fourth appearance for the club.
The Denmark international admitted he was both surprised and honoured to be given the role and he doesn’t believe Fulham deserved to be relegated.
“I admit that I was surprised to be named captain shortly after my arrival,” he said. “It’s very rare and it makes me very proud. I have to thank coach Scott Parker and all the staff who immediately trusted me.
“This season we played really well, attacking and attractive football, but we sinned in the finish. I really enjoyed playing on this team. In my opinion, we did not deserve to be relegated.”
Denmark kick off their Euro 2020 campaign against Finland on Saturday before a daunting clash with the world’s number one ranked team Belgium.
Andersen is under no illusions as to just how difficult his side’s game against Roberto Martinez’s men will be – describing them as favourites to win the competition – and he gave a special mention to Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
“What a player,” he said. “I voted for him as Premier League player of the season. He is one of the best players in the world and he will have to be watched. But by working together, we can create a surprise against Belgium.
“The Belgians are the favourites in my opinion. They have world class players across the board. Then, obviously, France which also has a quality workforce.”
When asked about Denmark’s chances at the upcoming European Championship, Andersen said there would be no point taking part if his side weren’t aiming to win the competition and he added his side can take inspiration from Denmark’s famous Euro 92 victory.
“In football anything is possible! It’s difficult to set concrete goals, because when you play you want to win, so obviously the end goal is to win the tournament,” he added. “If you don’t believe in the final victory, you have no reason to play.
“This is the strength of our team: we are all ambitious and we want to achieve great things. The 1992 team are our inspiration and proof that anything is possible in football if the team works hard together.”