While no clubs have actually come forward for Leander Dendoncker, Everton keep on getting linked and the player continues to struggle when it comes to juggling his desire to leave and carry on playing at his best for his current side, Anderlecht.
Already admitting the speculation around his future was likely affecting his performances on the pitch, the reported Everton target has once again commented on his future, this time relayed by Walfoot.
He said: “I don’t even know myself if I’m going to stay or end up playing elsewhere. We’ll see that in the coming days. The transfer rumours are hard to manage at times. I try and put it to one side, but it doesn’t always happen”.
While his agent, Christophe Henrotay, has previously made it clear that his client was looking to move to another side, much like his former teammate Youri Tielemans, Anderlecht’s president, Roger Vanden Stock, would prefer that not to be the case.
Admitting in an interview to DH that he would much rather keep his star midfielder from teaming up with Ronald Koeman or anyone else, he also explained that refusing a lot of money for him would be difficult, claiming that money ‘rots’ everyone’s brains, including players like Dendoncker.
He said: “I have a lot of experience. I’ve only opposed myself to a transfer once. That was Aruna Dindane, and that didn’t end well. So, if a club really wants Leander and that it’s financially good for us, he’ll leave”.
Expecting a few hundreds of millions of euros to still be chucked around before the end of the transfer window, the Anderlecht president hinted that a ‘hefty twenty or so’ million of euros would be enough to land the Belgium international.
Already spending over £130m this summer, it remains to be seen if Everton, who already have Morgan Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye in the role, need another defensive midfielder.
Then again, what’s an extra €25m?