Leeds United defender Pascal Struijk is yet to make a decision about his international future amid claims he is about to swap the Netherlands for Belgium.
That’s according to his agent, Tim Vrouwe, who has confirmed the Leeds centre back is looking into the procedure for applying for a Belgian passport.
“It is true that we are investigating the possibilities of applying for a Belgian passport,” he told De Telegraaf.
“This must, of course, be investigated before Pascal can make a decision at all. So everything is still open.”
Reports earlier this week had indicated that Struijk was considering changing his national allegiance, with Belgium boss Roberto Martinez said to have called him about the possibility.
This was backed up by DH, who said the defender had asked to be nationalised as a Belgian, which has been confirmed by the Royal Belgian Football Association.
Het Laatste Nieuws have their take on it today, stating that he had ‘started the application process’ at the end of last year after the RBFA suggested it.
They explain that he is seen as an option because he is a left-footed centre back and the country’s current options in that position, Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Vermaelen are 34 and 35 respectively.
At the moment Struijk’s ‘heart lies with orange’, but if they don’t want him there, which is a distinct possibility given they have numerous options, he will opt for Belgium and whether his application for a passport is a step in that direction remains to be seen.