Coventry City star Michael Rose has opened up about his career ambitions amid speculation surround his future.
After helping the Sky Blues win promotion to the Championship as League One champions, Rose is reported to be attracting attention from other clubs.
Last week, the 24-year-old defender was linked with Leeds United, Bristol city, Fulham and Queens Park Rangers, though Coventry chief executive Dave Boddy has played down the reports.
Rose says he is keen to test himself at the “highest level” and also hopes he can play his way into the Scotland squad.
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“Playing for Scotland is definitely something I am aiming to do,” he told the Aberdeen Evening Express.
“To play for your country I know you have to be playing at a high level and doing really well.
“There are a lot of good young centre-halves, especially in Scotland, playing at a high level.
“I just have to make sure I get myself ready for the Championship and put the performances in. Then hopefully one day that comes.”
Rose started out at Aberdeen before moving on, in 2016, to Ayr United, where he won the Scottish League One title.
He joined Coventry last summer and made 40 appearances in all competitions for Mark Robins’ side this term.
“Two league titles in three years has been brilliant because some players can go through their career without winning anything,” Rose added.
“I just have to keep doing what I have been and keep developing my game to see how far I can go. I am quite an ambitious person.
“I have always thought I could play at the highest level. In my mind-set, if you don’t believe that then you’re probably not going to.”
For now, though, Rose is looking ahead to next season in the Championship with Coventry.
“First and foremost, we need to stay up,” he said.
“People may say that is having a losing mentality but I think that is just being realistic.
“We will probably have one of the lower budgets in the league.
“From what I have heard from people who have played in it, the Championship is such a relentless and hard league.
“However, with the way we play, if we can keep the players we have, I am confident for next season.”