Belgian starlet said to choose Leicester City over Manchester City transfer
Highly regarded Club Brugge youngster Charles De Ketelaere has been asked to snub a move to Manchester City in favor of a club “like Leicester City” in future transfer windows.
The 20-year-old has established himself in the fold of the first team as a key member of the Belgian club’s starting lineup, being named in the starting lineup for every league game so far this season and during the Champions League clash against Paris Saint-Germain this week.
He has scored three goals and two assists so far this season, with his performance against the French giants drawing particular attention.
His performances even allowed him to win his first complete selection in Belgium last November. He was included on the World Cup qualifying bench last month against Belarus, where Dennis Praet’s goal saw Belgium win 1-0.
Manchester City are reportedly among the clubs watching De Ketelaere ahead of the January transfer window.
However, former Belgium international Marc Degryse sent transfer advice to the youngster.
“Manchester City still seems a little too high for me,” he told HLN Sportcast of a possible move to the Etihad.
“But perhaps first an intermediate step, towards a club that has ambition.
“Like Leicester City, for example. If you can keep growing there, then the sky is the limit.
It wouldn’t be the first time Leicester have reported a move with Club Brugge, with City selling winger Kamal Sowah to the Belgian club for around £ 7million at the end of the summer transfer window .
A move by De Ketelaere would also see City add to their Belgian contingent, with Youri Tielemans, Timothy Castagne and Dennis Praet all making a positive impression on the club, although the latter is now on loan looking for more playing time.