It is clear that Chancel Mbemba doesn’t have a future at Newcastle United after starting just seven Premier League games for the Tyneside club.
Over the past few weeks, the Belgium media have been unable to decide whether the Congolese defender will join Anderlecht or Club Brugge. He has been linked with these two clubs and earlier reports suggested Mbemba’s agent had offered his Newcastle client to Anderlecht and Club Brugge.
Another Belgium newspaper Het Nieuwsblad now claims Standard Liège have joined Anderlecht and Club Brugge in the race to sign Mbemba. Chairman Bruno Venanzi and new coach Michel Preud’homme ‘had a personal meeting’ with the defender and the report claims the ‘player was charmed’.
Mbemba is in no rush to make a decision on his future but he expects it to be resolved by mid-June. Club Brugge and Standard Liège are ready to offer him Champions League football, which would be a boost considering the earliest reports said he didn’t fancy returning to Belgium and looking like a failure.
Anderlecht won’t be able to offer that as they will be playing in the Europa League next season.