If you’ve followed Sport Witness for a while, you’ll be all up to date with the Leander Dendoncker situation, and how Everton and Manchester United were involved in his drop in form at the beginning of the season.
The Anderlecht starlet even admitted himself that the transfer speculation messed with his head towards the end of the transfer window, but it appears that is all behind him now that a move won’t take place until next summer.
Giving yet another interview to Sport/Foot this week, the Belgian club’s director of football, Herman Van Holsbeeck, explained the situation, and opened the door for the likes of Everton and Manchester United to come back in for him next year.
He said: “Dendoncker’s head was elsewhere. He showed his disappointment during training at not being transferred. His mate Tielemans went to Monaco, and he was training with the national team, and he wanted, like them, to play in the biggest leagues.
“Certain people in his entourage put pressure on me, on the club or on his agent, Christophe Henrotay. Today, we’re prepared to pay him based on his status of key player and to work on his future transfer like we did for Youri. In fact, we all have an interest in working together.”
This will be music to the ears of José Mourinho, who has been following the defensive midfielder for some time now, sending scouts to Anderlecht games last season, and we don’t doubt Ronald Koeman’s ears will be pricking up if an opportunity to sign him arises.
Of course, let’s not forget Monaco where his good friend Youri Tielemans currently is, who had him lined up in case Fabinho had followed Mbappé to Paris Saint-Germain.
Expect this to rumble on throughout the year.