Belgian Football News 15/3: Pacovski talks up Eden Hazard, Fernández staying at KAA Gent, Vanden Borre is back
Pacovski highlights the danger of Hazard ahead of Belgium – FYR Macedonia.
FYR Macedonia and KV Mechelen goalkeeper Tome Pacovski has said that Eden Hazard is the player he fears the most ahead of this month’s World Cup qualifiers with Belgium.
“Hazard is the most dangerous player at the moment. However I’m also thinking of Fellaini, Witsel…in short there are a lot. At the same time, I can’t say that one player makes me more afraid than another. We simply have to be wary of the whole team. They’re my favourites for the group.
Victor Fernández signs new deal at Gent
Ivan De Witte and Michel Louwagie have got their man. Former Zaragoza and Real Betis coach Victor Fernandez has agreed a new one-year deal at KAA Gent to end uncertainty over his future. The experienced Spaniard, who has tasted European success with Zaragoza, looked ahead to next season:
“We must already start planning now for next season in order to avoid another season like this one. I am aware that KAA Gent does not have the same resources as other top clubs in Belgium but the new stadium makes me want to embark upon this new adventure together with the club,” he told the press conference.
Anthony Vanden Borre recalled to the Anderlecht squad
John van den Brom has included Anthony Vanden Borre in the Anderlecht squad to face KAA Gent tomorrow. It’s the 25-year old’s first call up since he returned to his first club in January. Van den Brom knows that first-choice rightback Guillaume Gillet could face a suspension come the play-offs for his tackle on Genk’s Steeven Joseph-Monrose, which went unseen at the time. Vanden Borre, who had unsuccessful spells at Genoa, Fiorentina and Racing Genk, has impressed in recent friendlies for Anderlecht’s second team.
Utrecht midfielder Anouar Kali heads closer to Anderlecht move
Anderlecht have reached an oral agreement with Utrecht’s young star Anouar Kali, according to De Telegraaf. The 21-year old is out of contract at the end of the season but Anderlecht will have to pay a sum of around €450,000 in compensation to the club who brought him through the ranks. Kali will sign a four-year contract with the Belgian champions and represents yet another capture from the Eredivisie under John van den Brom.
Standard Liège confirm agreement with Tubize
Last night brought confirmation of Standard Liège’s agreement with second tier side Tubize, which will see Les Rouches have first option on the brightest prospects from Tubize’s youth system. It is a move, which suits all parties as Tubize were in need of around €400,000 to secure a footballing licence for next season while Roland Duchâtelet’s tenure has seen the club bring in a host of young players. The agreement is scheduled to last seven years and Standard will also be able to send youngsters in need of playing time on loan to Tubize.
Laurens De Bock hoping to cement a first-choice spot at Club Brugge
One of the biggest incoming transfers in Belgian football history, Laurens De Bock has so far failed to hit the ground running. The defender left Lokeren for Club Brugge in a deal worth around €3.5m but owing to suspension and injuries, has played just twice.
“The coach told me this week that I might have a starting spot (with Larsen suspended). He said that I had to do my best and grab this opportunity with both hands. Of course I prefer to play at leftback, which is also easier for me as I have more experience there. Central defence is also a possibility but I need to show more there than I have done so far.”
Nagai looking for first Standard goal
After contributing his first assist in the 4-0 win over OHL, Kensuke Nagai, one-third of Standard’s Japanese contingent, is looking to add his own name to the scoresheet. The 24-year old striker would like to get off the mark in front of his home fans:
“I would really like to open my account at Sclessin rather than away from home. I would be very proud to score in front of our fans. ”
Nagai comes into contention for a starting spot tomorrow due to the injury to top scorer Imoh Ezekiel. He has settled in well to life in Liège, helped in no small measure by compatriots Yuji Ono and Eiji Kawashima and believes that Belgian football is more physical compared to the J-League and there is more emphasis on getting the ball forward quicker, which suits the speedy striker.
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