Arsenal and Tottenham target Youri Tielemans has admitted that he could leave at the end of the season
The 19-year old – who progressed through Anderlecht’s youth system – is regarded as one of the most promising players in the world and has been linked with a move away from the club for a few seasons now.
However, it appears things could finally happen at the end of this season as Tielemans himself has admitted that he could leave the club should an acceptable offer come in, as the money would help Anderlecht and Tielemans is open to a move.
“ I think this season I have taken a step forward. There is more regularity in my game and I’m important to the team,” he said, according to Het Belang van Limburg. “ My teammates have confidence in me and give me the ball more often to make the game. Therefore, I also get good statistics.”
“ The speculation about my transfer fee I let pass me by. The money is primarily something that Anderlecht will be better with. Interested clubs can always contact my agent. I just try as much as possible to play football and then we’ll see at the end of this season.”
Tielemans’ rise to the top has been well documented. He became the youngest Belgian player to play in the UEFA Champions League, starting in a match against Olympiacos at the age of 16 years and 148 days.
His excellent performances also saw him earn a call-up to the National side and Tielemans made his debut for the side in November last year in a friendly against Norway. It is no surprise, then, that some of the biggest clubs in the world have been linked with moves for him.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Tielemans which comes as no surprise given the Gunners’ penchant for signing young midfielders. Tielemans is clearly one of the most talented young central midfielders in the world and there is no doubt Arsenal will be keeping a close eye on him.
With Santi Cazorla on the wrong side of 30 and perennially injured, Arsenal are still on the lookout for a long-term successor. Jack Wilshere’s future at the Emirates is also cast in doubt, which could see the Gunners could make a move for Tielemans this summer.
Tottenham have also been linked with a move for the 19-year old Belgian international, with Spurs looking to add some more players to their promising squad. Tottenham have one of the best young sides in the world and are always on the lookout for talent so it is no surprise they are keeping an eye on Tielemans.
The Belgian contingent at White Hart Lane will only boost their chances of signing the youngster and Spurs will also likely have no issues matching Anderlecht’s asking price for the youngster, who is under contract with the club until 2020.