Club Brugge’s midfield prodigy Charles De Ketelaere has been linked with Milan and Lazio and admits he dreams of testing himself in a foreign league.
De Ketelaere broke into Brugge’s first team in 2019-20 and was named the 2020 Belgian Promising Talent of the Year last December, one month after making his senior international debut.
The 19-year-old also finished fifth in the voting for the Belgian Golden Shoe, which is awarded to the best player in the country’s top flight.
De Ketelaere has a contract with Brugge until June 2023 and is interested in challenging himself abroad, though he is no rush to leave Belgium.
“Honestly, I do dream of an adventure abroad, but I don’t have to right now,” he told Krant van West-Vlaanderen.
“I will always make a healthy choice. Only sporting ambitious count. You always want to improve.
“There is no concrete career plan. A few foreign clubs were interested, but if I say that I want to stay at Club Brugge for another three years I would be very happy with that.”
Brugge sit top of the Belgian Pro League and 13 points clear of second-placed Royal Antwerp.
The impressive De Ketelaere has only started 15 of their 26 league fixtures this season, but he has certainly made his impact felt.
De Ketelaere has supplied 35 key passes, which is the most of any player under the age of 21, and just under half of those have come following a carry.
His tally of 16 carries with a chance created is bettered only by Stef Peeters (18), Francis Amuzu (18) and Xavier Mercier (19).
The teenager is averaging two key passes per 90 minutes in the Pro League this season, as well as one interception, 4.8 recoveries and 1.9 tackles.