Everything has its explanation. And that is also the case with the sudden departure of Bram Lagae from KAA Gent.
It was strange for the supporters when KAA Gent announced the departure of Bram Lagae to Dunkirk. A loan, but one with a purchase option, which means he may not return to the Buffaloes.
“I often heard: ‘Why don’t you put Lagae?’ Well, because he is not yet ready for the level of the Jupiler Pro League. It is also of no use to Bram to stay here and stay at Jong Gent,” Hein Vanhaezebrouck says about the player to Het Nieuwsblad.
The KAA Gent coach therefore advised the player to choose somewhere else for the intermediate level and to evaluate within six months. Although there is more to it and Vanhaezebrouck cannot resist revealing it.
Mokio is the real reason for Lagae’s departure
“This is how you also make room for Mokio, which is a special case. He is a reasonably grown boy for his age. In the meantime, we are trying to make it clear to him and his family that there is room.”
Jorthy Mokio turned 16 on February 29 and KAA Gent wants to sign him anyway, although according to Het Laatste Nieuws there is a lot of interest from European top clubs such as PSV, Lille, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and unnamed Italian clubs.
Leipzig would have already made him an offer, but by taking him on a winter internship, KAA Gent sent an important signal to the player and his entourage, it sounds.