VVV Venlo manager Maurice Steijn spoke to the NOS after his team’s 1-0 defeat away at FC Utrecht and confirmed that this was not his last match as manager of the club.

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Steijn has been linked with a move away from VVV Venlo this summer, with Heerenveen and Ipswich Town just two of the clubs linked with the former ADO Den Haag boss.

However, Steijn told NOS, ”Our objective this season was to avoid direct relegation and we managed to achieve that. We knew that with a small squad it and the physical demands of the Eredivisie that it was going to be tough. We did a great job in avoiding relegation.

”We have a lot to learn looking ahead to next season. We deliberately chose to work with a small squad and play to our strengths and that proved sufficient to stay up this season. We must attract new players for next year maybe different types of players too.

”Our players budget will increase but it is still by far and away the smallest of the Eredivisie. We will have to be creative again in order to be a good Eredivisie side again next season but we managed to do that last season by working hard behind the scenes.

”This was not my last match as VVV Venlo manager because I am still under contract with the club. I have received offers in the previous weeks and months and I admit whilst they were nice clubs I did not view them as an improvement on VVV Venlo or the club in question chose to appoint a different manager. Things can change quickly in football but I expect to be the manager of VVV Venlo next season.

”There has been no contact from SC Heerenveen neither Vitesse Arnhem when that was muted. Nice clubs have been linked but you must also not forget that VVV Venlo is also a nice club.”

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