Struijk has become a constant in the Leeds side this season after he impressed amidst an injury crisis that forced Marcelo Bielsa to draft him into the starting eleven earlier in the campaign.


The centre-back played youth football for the Netherlands, but also qualifies to play for Belgium in senior football as well.



Belgium coach Martinez has been into Struijk’s ears in order to convince the defender to choose Belgium over the Netherlands once he makes the decision.


Struijk is delighted with the Belgium coach’s interest and revealed that the former Premier League manager has been following him since he was playing in Leeds’ Under-23s.



He told Dutch daily De Telegraaf: “Roberto Martinez knows English football well. In addition to being the national team coach, he is also the technical director of KBVB.


“During our conversation, it turned out that he knew me very well as a player. He has been following me since I started playing regularly for Leeds United Under-23s.



“Of course, it is a compliment that he would like me to play for Belgium and called me personally.”


Struijk believes that both Belgium and the Netherlands have strong cases to put for him and insists when he does pull on the senior international shirt he will feel honoured.


“There is something to be said for both options.


“They are two beautiful countries. They both have very strong advantages. It would be an honour to play for either of them.


“I can only have a preference if there really is a choice between both the unions. I must first be selected by one of the two countries.”