Anderlecht continues to bet ‘hard’ on youth: “Those chances are priceless”


It is now well known that RSC Anderlecht has taken a new path. The Belgian record champion fends off expensive transfers and focuses more than ever on his own youth. Sporting director Peter Verbeke is happy to explain this strategy.

The big money is no longer available to send top acquisitions to Brussels. “We shouldn’t be too negative about that now, it is what it is”, Verbeke puts things into perspective in conversation with the digital house of RSCA. “We have to solve it. It is clear that we no longer have the same budgets as the last five years. We have to recruit in a different way. We try to complete our incoming transfers very sharply, also at the right salaries. Same for the contract renewals of the youth players. ”

“Anderlecht must continue to build on the ‘Academy'”, Verbeke describes the future vision. “Kompany, Lukaku, Tielemans, Praet, Dendoncker … But also recently Saelemaekers and Bornauw. That means that Anderlecht delivers fantastic youth products year after year. We must continue to focus on that. We must continue to invest in that training and care. that those boys sign a good contract, with the necessary ‘step-ups’ if they do it well, also financially. We also want to bring this story to the parents “, the sporty chef points out the importance of the framework.

“In this way we have made good agreements with Kylian Sardella, Marco Kana, Francis Amuzu and Antoine Colassin, because those parents were behind it. We now hope to do the same with Jérémy Doku, Yari Verschaeren and Anouar El Hadj. We want to do the same. The absolute importance of the first minutes of play should not be underestimated. Those opportunities, which they will certainly get here at Anderlecht, are priceless “, Verbeke concludes.


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