Cercle is playing a strong season and qualified for the Europe Play-Offs. However, one of the key players in that success is on its way out of De Vereniging. Charles Vanhoutte is already on the radar of three Belgian clubs.
Both Ghent, Westerlo, and Union pull the sleeve of the 24-year-old defensive midfielder. Vanhoutte has been on the bench more than he would like in recent weeks, and the contract extension is still waiting. In 2020, Kortrijkzaan signed for 3 seasons with a one-year option. Cercle discussed that option, but Vanhoutte and his broker Patrick Vervoort do not want to respond to the proposal from the people of Bruges.
With four men for two places, the competition in the center of midfield at Cercle is fierce, but according to Oscar Van Mol, football player from Harelbeke and one of his better friends, there is more to it. “Charles would have played a lot more in recent months if he had signed. We often talk about it and Cercle remains in his heart, but now something has broken. it.”
According to teammate and captain Hannes Van Der Bruggen, it is no surprise that Vanhoutte is so popular. “Which top club is not interested in a young Belgian with a progression margin? Ghent would certainly be a nice club for him, but he also knows that the competition in the Ghelamco Arena – Kums and De Sart are big clappers after all – is not easy On the other hand, he would get more playing opportunities if they get European football again,” he said last week The newspapaer.