Het Nieuwsblad are reporting that KV Mechelen are exploring ways to keep Dries Wouters next season. The on loan Schalke player, who can operate in either defensive midfield or as a central defender, is in his second spell with Mechelen having returned on loan in the summer. The 26-year-old has a contract with Schalke until 2024, and while Mechelen have a purchase option, it is unclear whether they could afford to match the contract he has with the German club.
Wouters, who appeared to be completely out of contention at Mechelen just a few months ago, has returned to Steven Defour’s side to end the season with 14 league appearances, scoring once and providing one assist. The former Genk man also played in the Belgian Cup final on Sunday, a game that Mechelen lost 2-0 to Antwerp.
Mechelen, with the cup final done, are now into planning for the 2023/2024 campaign. They are looking to bring in free agent Bosnian striker Smail Prevljak, with the former Eupen striker set to leave the Pandas this summer when his contract expires.