Anderlecht looking to keep both Zeno Debast and Bart Verbruggen despite Premier League interest

Despite missing out on European football, Anderlecht are not looking to cash in on their top prospects in Zeno Debast and Bart Verbruggen. The club, which is in need of incoming’s from transfers, looks set to try and do so without selling their prized assets. As reported by Voetbalkrant, the club are only considering selling either player if a huge bid over the €20m mark comes in.

This comes after an in depth interview with sporting director Jesper Fredberg was released on the club’s website, in which the Dane spoke of the need to sell and then replace players with better quality.

For fans of Anderlecht, this will be beginning to sound a lot like groundhog day. Over the past few seasons they have been in this transition period where players on large wages have been brought in without the performances to match, leading to a period in which they need to be moved on and money cannot be spent. Despite a top four finish last year, Vincent Kompany was allowed to leave as it felt progress hadn’t been made.

Now, Kompany has guided his Burnley side to the Premier League at the first attempt, while his former side finished outside of the play-offs and are facing a lot of questions from fans about the direction that is being taken. Stating that they do not want to sell either Debast or Verbruggen could backfire should it become apparent that they need to do so in order to strengthen the squad in other areas.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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