It is no secret that president Paul Gheysens wants to go for the national title with Antwerp FC in the relatively short term. That’s why the player roster was subjected to some serious quality injection this summer. But to make room for the newcomers, players also have to leave.
Toby Alderweireld, Jurgen Ekkelenkamp, Calvin Stengs, Vincent Janssen, Gaston Avila, Anthony Valencia, Christopher Scott, … the list of summer reinforcements is quite long at Antwerp. This quality injection also meant that space had to be created in the selection. It had become much too broad, certainly in the absence of a European autumn. Antwerp has already said goodbye to players such as Didier Lamkel Zé, Johannes Eggestein, Manuel Benson, Aurelio Buta, Dorian Dessoleil and Abdoulaye Seck.
And two days before the closing of the Belgian mercato, another player is on his way to the exit on the Bosuil. Birger Verstraete also seems to be opting for a different challenge. The 28-year-old midfielder has usually been in the starting line-up in recent seasons, but is only rarely used by coach Mark van Bommel in the current year. In the past competition matches, he was not even in the competition core. It is therefore no secret that Verstraete is allowed to leave.
The solution for him may well come from his own Jupiler Pro League. After all, on Saturday evening he was spotted in the stands of the AFAS stadium for the game between KV Mechelen and RFC Seraing. According to The last news his presence there was no accident. For example, KVM would like to attract the midfielder. Verstraete would have more options, but Malinwa is currently the most concrete. The club of coach Danny Buijs would aim for a loan.
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