Lens and Lille target Gift Orban ‘I love Belgium, but I want to go to a bigger league’

Speaking after last nights demolition of Slovak Zilina in the qualification rounds for the Europa Conference League, Gent’s young Nigerian striker was asked about his future. As reported by Voetbalkrant, Orban said ‘I love Belgium, but I want to go to a bigger league’. He did then go on to say that he does love playing for Gent and while he is still under contract with the Buffaloes he will give his all. The 21-year-old striker scored the opening goal as Gent ran out 5-1 winners at home in the first leg, with Hugo Cuypers grabbing a brace.

Orban only joined Gent in January, but his immediate success in Belgium has seen him heavily linked with a move to Lille. The French side are said to be leading the race to sign him, seeing the Nigerian as a replacement for Jonathan David. The Canadian was also signed by Lille from Gent a few seasons ago. Orban scored an incredible 20 goals in just 22 games. Gent are looking for around €25m for the striker, with Lens also said to be interested.

Gent open their domestic season on Sunday when they face Kortrijk, one of the sides who are favourites to be facing a relegation battle this season.

GBeNeFN | Ben Jackson

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