Milan van Ewijk has explained that he joined Coventry City last summer as they presented a clear plan for him, and thus proved more interesting than bigger name options.

The defender has been speaking to De Volkskrant about his career to date and the rise he’s enjoying with Coventry this season.

He joined them in a €4.3m deal from Heerenveen in the summer and has not looked back since, making 44 appearances in all competitions to date and playing over 3000 minutes.

The move has proven to be an extremely smart one for him as he’s established himself in England, proved he’s comfortable and earned positive reviews for his performances.

He had other suitors such as PSV Eindhoven, Sporting Club de Portugal and Anderlecht but decided to head to Coventry instead.

Van Ewijk is perhaps hoping to take advantage of the club’s recent development of players and sales to bigger sides, with Viktor Gyökeres the shining example of that.

He, though, insists that it was more a case of them offering a clear and positive plan, as well as being on the path to the Premier League.

“Last summer I wanted to go to a club with a clear plan, where I could play a lot,” he said.

“The other clubs were interested, but it all remained rather vague. Coventry wanted to play with five defenders and as a wingback I would have a lot of freedom to use my speed.

“The aim is of course to get promoted with Coventry, but the nice and annoying thing about the Championship, the second English level, is that anyone can beat anyone. Promotion will be difficult.

“But in the end, I came here for myself. I want to develop myself and what the media or other people think of me matters little to me.”