Anderlecht have not ‘given up hope’ of signing defender Philippe Sandler on loan from Manchester City again next season.

The Dutch youngster has spent this season on loan with the Belgian side after joining on loan in the summer transfer window.

He established himself as a regular early in the season, starting nine of their first ten league games.

However, a knew injury picked up in October has seen him on the sidelines since, limiting him to 11 appearances and just 982 minutes of football.

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It seems he impressed Vincent Kompany and co, though, with Het Laatste Nieuws reporting they are keen to try and renew his loan spell for a second year.

The newspaper explains Anderlecht will not be able to make ‘crazy expenses’ in this transfer window, so are focusing on retaining what they have.

That would include keeping hold of the players they currently have on loan, including Sandler, who they have ‘not given up hope’ of trying down to another year.

‘Exploratory’ talks between them and Manchester City are ongoing, with RSCA aware they will take more than offering the best financial package.

Manchester City will presumably be looking for a club that can offer the 23-year-old regular game time to continue his development.

That was certainly on offer at Anderlecht before his injury, while the added bonus of Kompany being at the club could also work in their favour.