Jurgen Ekkelenkamp has not been in Belgium for long, but feels good here: “My choice for Antwerp works out well”

Jurgen Ekkelenkamp has not been in Belgium for long, but feels good here: “My choice for Antwerp works out well”
Jurgen Ekkelenkamp has not been in Belgium for long, but feels good here: “My choice for Antwerp works out well”

Jurgen Ekkelenkamp could not have wished for a better start at his new club Antwerp. The 22-year-old Dutch midfielder, who came over from the German Hertha Berlin last month, is immediately an important value in the team of trainer Mark van Bommel. With four assists in his first six matches, Ekkelenkamp has a significant share in the club’s good start to the competition.

Maarten DelvauxSource: BELGA

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Antwerp has won the first nine league matches and is therefore at the top of the Jupiler Pro League. “That has not happened since 1930,” Ekkelenkamp said on Wednesday in Zeist, where he reported this week for the exhibition matches of the Dutch Juniors against the promises of Belgium (Friday) and Romania (Tuesday). “You notice that the performances make a lot of sense, among the fans and the people in Antwerp. It is mentioned a lot.”

Ekkelenkamp made his debut in the first team of Ajax in the 2017/2018 season, but a real breakthrough was not forthcoming. Last summer, the midfielder born in Zeist made the switch to Hertha, but Ekkelenkamp did not grow into a basic player in the Bundesliga either.

“I had three trainers at Hertha in one year, then it is difficult to find your place,” said Ekkelenkamp, ​​who was also in the interest of Club Brugge. In the end he chose Antwerp. “I had a good feeling during the conversations with Van Bommel and Marc Overmars. I really felt the confidence. Van Bommel said: I think you will become a very important player.”

Van Bommel himself also played in midfield. “That’s an advantage, he can give me tips. Van Bommel is a trainer who is very honest with every player,” said Ekkelenkamp, ​​who saw Antwerp get two more Dutchmen in the past transfer period with Vincent Janssen and Calvin Stengs. “Of course you spend more time with each other as compatriots, but there are no clans. The atmosphere is very relaxed.”

Ekkelenkamp signed a contract for four seasons with Antwerp. He does not see it as a temporary step to try again in a larger competition. “The main thing for me now was to get back to playing. That choice is working out well for the time being.”

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