“They are better at the JPL”


Shortly after his arrival at Anderlecht, Michel Vlap immediately became unpopular with arch-rival Club Brugge by speaking disdainfully about Blue-Black turntable Hans Vanaken. The 23-year-old Dutchman, who is sometimes compared due to his physique with the two-time Golden Shoe, kicks in an extensive conversation with The newspapaer now on the Bruges toes again.

When asked who is better as number ten in Belgium than Vanaken, Vlap sees two candidates: Lior Refaelov and Vadis Odjidja, both of whom also once had the good weather in Jan Breydel. The ancien of Antwerp was allowed to use that, partly due to Vanaken’s breakthrough, while the current AA Ghent captain already left the reigning champion a year before his arrival. Yet it is striking that Vlap just pushes them forward, a statement with which he will probably not make himself more popular in Bruges. The top purchase of last summer in the Lotto Park therefore doubts whether he is welcome there.

In addition, Vlap also caused a slight surprise by putting Frank Boya, who recently moved from Mouscron to Antwerp, as the most difficult opponent to play against. An honor that is naturally reserved for Vincent Kompany on the training fields of Neerpede, at least if he is fit. In his own words, the articulate Dutchman dares to enter into regular discussions with the player-inspirator, for whom he does have infinite respect. Finally, the same apparently also applies to youngster Sambi Lokonga, who according to Vlap faces the greatest future and is therefore even estimated higher than Jérémy Doku.

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