ANDONI Iraola says Milos Kerkez “has to continue his learning process” amid speculation other Premier League clubs are interested in his services.

Highly-rated and sought-after Kerkez joined Cherries from AZ Alkmaar last summer, for a reported £15.5million.

After immediately catching the eye upon arrival, Kerkez suffered up an injury and fell behind Lloyd Kelly in the pecking order at left-back.

Kelly himself then picked up a knock, which saw Kerkez restored to the team.

The 20-year-old has now made 26 appearances this season, starting 16.

His last club outing came against Sheffield United, before he was subbed off with the team 2-0 down at half-time. Kerkez then remained an unused substitute in the following game against Luton Town, with winger Dango Ouattara instead selected at left-back in the 4-3 win.

Discussing the Hungary international’s debut season in the Premier League, Iraola told the Daily Echo: “He has been playing a lot of minutes, for someone of his age, because he is really young.

“He has had just one injury, which was quite a big injury, but he has recovered and is playing the minutes.

“It is part of his evolution as a player. He is very young.

“He has come to the Premier League in an age that normally you don’t have a chance.

“I think he is doing well. He is now starting more games, without Lloyd, but he has to continue his learning process, because he is still very young.”

Speculation has begun to grow recently, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool all credited with potential summer interest in Kerkez.

Asked how important it is for the youngster to concentrate on football at Cherries, rather than transfer talk, Iraola said: “I think for everyone, you have to focus on the things you control.

“The best thing for a football player is to try to do your job the best you can.

“This is the only thing that will put you in the best position.

“I think that is what everyone should try to do. I try to also do my part and focus on your job, that is what will put you in a better position.”