AA Gent chairman Ivan De Witte calls the transfer of Jonathan David “a good thing” for Belgian football. “Belgian clubs should no longer be limited by the 25 million euro limit.”
AA Gent has realized the most expensive outgoing transfer in Belgian football history with Jonathan David. And it is not about 27 million, but 32 million, emphasizes chairman Ivan De Witte.
“Ghent is sure of 32 million euros,” he says. “I wish to mention that because a border has been broken in Belgian football. For a long time a football player from Belgium seemed to have a limit of 25 million euros, but that is a thing of the past.”
“If Ajax, PSV and Lille can get higher amounts, I don’t see why a good player from Belgium could not be worth so much. Belgian clubs should no longer be limited by the 25 million euro limit. This is a good thing. for AA Gent, but also for Belgian football. ”
If Ajax, PSV and Lille can get higher amounts, I don’t see why a good player from Belgium could not be worth so much.
“With my heart I am sorry, with my mind a good thing”
Financially a good thing for Ghent, but isn’t it a sporting thing? “We tried to keep it for a long time,” says De Witte. “But you don’t sell a house, but sometimes a person. Then you have to take all factors into account.”
“With my heart I am sorry that he is leaving, with my mind I think it is a good thing. We have made a transfer that secures the financial future of the club. Especially because we do not know what is coming due to the corona crisis. as chairman I must preserve the financial health of the club. ”
“But our ambitions will not change. We will now try to find solutions with the staff to do just as well without Jonathan David. Normally our core is well equipped.”