Charles De Ketelaere has been backed to be a success at Chelsea, if he decides to leave Club Brugge for the west London club.
The 20-year-old was promoted to Club Brugge’s first team in 2019 after spending years in their academy. He has been mainly used as a forward this season, and has also operated in other attacking positions.
De Ketelaere has seven goals and six assists in 25 matches. His versatility, qualities and profile makes him a right fit for the Blues, especially for the style of football played at Stamford Bridge under Thomas Tuchel.
This is the view shared by Paul Courant, who was a former player and a ‘top scout’ for Club Brugge. During an interview with Het Laatste Nieuws, the 72-year-old talked about the potential Chelsea transfer.
“I’m going to tell you [how high he rates De Ketelaere] right away; very high. Put Charles at Chelsea tomorrow and he will play immediately. Especially, under that trainer [Tuchel] – I know that club and the vision of their coach a little bit,” he said.
“Charles no longer needs a refresher course. He is already a modern footballer – physically, technically and mentally.
“The next step for Charles should be as high as possible. He does not first have to pass a few smaller European clubs. Just because everything is already very well put together with him.
It may be worth mentioning Courant is giving his take on why the Club Brugge star can play for Chelsea, rather than hinting at any talks.