Cercle Brugge have announced that breakthrough academy player Christiaan Ravych has signed a new deal until 2025. The 20 year-old’s new contract also includes an option for an extra year.
Speaking to the clubs in house media, sporting director Carlos Avina said “His qualities represent our DNA. Christiaan therefore fits perfectly into our strategy to offer opportunities to young Belgian talents. A special mention also to all staff members within Cercle who accelerated Christiaan’s development and maximized his talent”.
Ravych has played 12 games for the first team this season, with a particular highlight being his winning goal against OH Leuven. The tall central-defender can also operate in defensive midfield, and looks to be a good prospect for the Brugge based club.
Given the clear interest that Monaco have in fellow defender Jesper Daland, Avina and his staff clearly see Ravych as a ready made replacement should the Norweigan end up moving to the principality. Head coach Miron Muslic has already stated that he expects Daland to remain with the club until the end of the season.
Cercle and Monaco are closely linked, with players moving between the two sides every summer. Jean Marcelin, Louis Torres and Radoslaw Majecki swapped France for Belgium in the summer, with Thomas Didillon moving in the opposite direction.