On Club Brugge’s Instagram account Noa Lang has asked the club to retire the number 25 worn by the departing Ruud Vormer. The 34 year-old midfielder left the club after over 8 years, having won five trophies and played over 300 games. Lang posted on the clubs Instagram that the number 25 should not be worn by anyone else in tribute to what his now former teammate achieved.
Vormer had been linked with a move to the club for months, however there were issues surrounding salary. It appears that an agreement was reached, which involves Club Brugge continuing to pay part of Vormer’s wages and Zulte Waregem contributing to the rest.
Once a key player for Club Brugge in their championship winning seasons, the 34 year-old had been frozen out since last season. Despite Scott Parker becoming the new head coach, it was always likely Vormer would leave the club in January.
The former Feyenoord midfielder will go down as one of the most successful players in Club Brugge history, with five league titles won since he joined in 2014. In his 8 seasons with the club, Vormer played 356 games in all competitions, scoring 63 goals and providing 95 assists.
Vormer will now be leaving a team fighting for titles to one fighting to remain in the league. Zulte Waregem are second bottom of the Belgian Pro League, four points from safety with no wins in their last five matches.