Ever since the claims from Belgium last year that David Henen was considering leave Everton, we’ve tried to follow the situation closely.
Admitting to the media in his home country that he had rejected a new contract at Goodison Park in order to leave and get first-team football, the 21-year-old nearly got his wish in January when both Marseille and Lille were reportedly interested.
Nothing came of those talks, but that doesn’t mean Henen is going to stay on Merseyside next season, as a return to Belgium has presented itself for the winger, with Standard Liège reportedly approaching him.
DH reveal on Tuesday that, despite rejecting their first offer, Henen could still sign a new contract at Everton, with the Premier League club then planning on loaning him out.
The Belgium side have apparently already been in touch with the forward regarding this, while the club’s director of football, Bruno Venanzi, has also met him in person to hold early talks.
However, before making a decision, Henen would like to know what their project and ambitions are for the future, as he doesn’t want to join a sinking ship.
DH also explain it’s still possible that Lille could come back for a second attempt at signing him, which, if that was the case, could seriously scupper everyone’s plans, as playing under Marcelo Bielsa regularly is likely to be something Henen will find hard to refuse.
Whether he leaves on loan or permanently, one thing looks increasingly certain: the forward won’t be playing for Everton’s reserves next year.