The transfer of Jonathan David has been in the air for some time, now it is also official. Both AA Gent and Lille came out with the news tonight.
“It is a transfer of more than 30 million euros”, it sounds in the Ghelamco Arena. “The sum shows a clear appreciation for the club and its operation.”
Never before has a Belgian club received such a lot of money for a player. With 30 million euros, David outclassed the transfers of Youri Tielemans (in 2017 from Anderlecht to Monaco) and the Brazilian Wesley (last year from Club Brugge after Aston Villa). Those two earned their club an amount of 25 million euros.
AA Gent: “This means a breakthrough in the transfer policy in which Belgian football is estimated to be higher than before.”
In the winter of 2018 AA Gent went to pick up the 18-year-old Jonathan David in the Canadian capital Ottawa. After 37 goals and 15 assists in 83 matches for the club, he wants to take a step higher with the French subtopper Lille.
“I am very satisfied,” said David. “I have been waiting for this day for a long time, and it is a pleasure to be” a Dogue “. I know the project set up in Lille by the President, Luis Campos and Christophe Galtier. Lille has a strong team with good players. ”
“I am a player who knows what position to take on the field”, the acquisition continues. “I like to play according to my qualities, such as technique and speed. I look forward to meeting the fans.”
David signs a contract for 5 seasons at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.