Former Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Jelle Van Damme has been interviewed by Belgian outlet De Zondag.
The 35-year-old, who now plays for Royal Antwerp, has spoken about his entire career, especially the time he played abroad, including his spell at Wolves.
What caught our eye in the interview was that English football was only slightly mentioned. His time at Southampton in 2006 was completely ignored, but they asked him why he left Anderlecht for Wolves in 2010.
That’s when Van Damme claimed that he never really wanted to sign for the Molineux side.
“I will tell you the real story. I did not want to leave Anderlecht,” Van Damme told De Zondag. “They didn’t want to meet my requirements. And why not? Because they were led by a doctor who said that I would not play football for two years. My ankle would fail. Voila, that is the only truth. I then left for Wolves, but I didn’t feel good there.”
Van Damme left Anderlecht for Wolves in a €3.25m deal in the summer of 2010, but only made six appearances for the English side. He returned to Belgium a year later, in a €3.5m move to Standard Liege.
In 2016 he signed for LA Galaxy, where he only spent one season, and then joined Royal Antwerp, where he’s a regular starter.
And it turns out that doctor was really wrong.