Brian Riemer reveals Islam Slimani’s future is in the players hands

Speaking after their 2-0 victory over Cercle Brugge at home, Anderlecht head coach Brian Riemer was full of praise for winter signing Islam Slimani. As reported by Het Nieuwsblad, the head coach said ‘I am completely satisfied with him: he weighs in on a defense, improves his defensive work and is also an example for the young guys in training’.

The Algerian international joined Anderlecht on deadline day, with many surprised that their long search for a striker had seen them go for the 34-year-old veteran. However, Slimani has silenced his critics through his performances and goal scoring record so far in Brussels.

The striker only signed a deal until the summer, which means that there is a lot of speculation as to what will happen when the season ends. Riemer revealed that, for him, the decision is the players to make. ‘I haven’t talked to him about it yet, but it’s early to talk about the summer transfer window. Islam must decide for himself whether he wants to stay or not’ the former Brentford assistant coach said.

Anderlecht’s win over an inform Cercle side means they have closed the gap to play-off two to just one point, with their weekends opponents just ahead of them. On Thursday they have their second leg against Villareal in the Conference League which hangs in the balance at 1-1.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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