PSV Eindhoven winger Mohammed Amine Ihattaren has outlined his desire of playing for Barcelona in the future after shining for Netherlands Under-17s.

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The teenager has been an integral part of Kees van Wonderen’s side at the European Championships, where Oranje have so far reached the final after a penalty shootout victory over England in Chesterfield on Thursday.

During the competition so far, Ihattaren has featured in four of the Dutch’s five victories, where he has provided three assists.

The 17-year-old has said that he hopes to emulate his idol Cristiano Ronaldo and win the tournament on Sunday against Italy, before embarking on a dream senior career with current club PSV and dream club, Barcelona.

He said: “In the future, I want to make my debut for the first team of PSV Eindhoven if possible and this week I just focus on winning the European Championship.

“In the end, end up in Barcelona, who knows; Barca is my dream, like every youth player I think.

“I love to watch Messi and players like that, but my inspiration is Ronaldo because he is working very hard and he plays good football. In fact, I want to play for a top team, so it could also be Real Madrid, but my favourites are Barcelona.”

During the 6-5 shootout victory, Ihattaren silenced the home crowd with his converted penalty. He recreated the famous chip penalty, scored by Antonin Panenka during the final of EURO 1982, now dubbed as the ‘Panenka’.

Ihattaren admitted after the game that as soon as he knew it was going to penalties, he knew he was aiming to emulate the iconic goal.

“I know the Panenka penalty and I was planning to do it”, described Ihattaren.

“I have done it some other times in the competition and when I told the boys that I would do it, they said go ahead.

“I was very satisfied because the audience was very quiet after that and that was what I wanted.”

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