Bilal El Khannouss will stay at Genk for at least one more season

In an interview with HLN, Ge Sporting Director Dimitri de Condé confirmed that highly sought after Moroccan teenager Bilal El Khannouss will remain at the club for another season. The side are then happy to sell the player for the right price, with a number of top European clubs keen to sign the 18-year-old.

De Conde was asked if it would be possible for a side in the summer to sign the player and loan him back to Genk. While he did confirm that there was a chance of this happening, he explained that usually clubs do this with a smaller transfer fee than just an outright purchase. Genk have a fee in mind and would like to reach it fully, so would prefer to hold on for another season and hope that the players value rises again.

El Khannouss recently signed a new deal with the club that will run until 2027, although it is unlikely he is still there by the end of it. Speaking on his new contract, the Moroccan teenager said: “The club has a lot of confidence in me and that is what I need at the moment. I have often seen other young boys skip steps in their careers. I definitely want to avoid that. With this new contract in my pocket, I can focus 100% on football with KRC Genk. I want to win prizes here with the team and I hope to be able to leave through the big gate one day”.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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