Matz Sels has completed his move to Anderlecht according to the Belgian media.

The Newcastle United goalkeeper has agreed a one year loan deal at the reigning champions.

Nieuwsblad say that the signing will be formally announced by Anderlecht later on Thursday.

The Belgian newspaper say that the loan deal has been agreed without an option for Anderlecht to buy.

They also report that Matz Sels will begin first team training with the rest of the squad on Monday.

First choice goalkeeper Franck Boeckx has had surgery and isn’t due back until sometime after the season begins, whilst Spanish goalkeeper Ruben has returned to Spain,

Anderlecht have a promising prospect in teenager Mile Svilar but see Matz Sels as a big help in his development and want the 17 year old to be gradually introduced into the first team.

Reports from Belgium on Wednesday said that Newcastle were being ‘difficult’ with the deal, which apparently revolved around how big a proportion Anderlecht were going to be paying of Matz Sels’ wages.

They said his year’s salary would be 3m euros (around £2.6m), indicating that he is on £50,000 a week (52 x £50k = £2.6m) at Newcastle.

From The Mag – 20 June 2017:

It underlines how difficult it will be to shift many of the players Rafa won’t want this coming season at Newcastle, with so many not up to Premier League level but having been recruited on that level of wages – making it especially impossible to go back to the country they were recruited from.  Whilst Sels was signed when Newcastle were in the second tier, the likes of Mitrovic, Riviere, de Jong, Saivet and others were all signed when in the Premier League from abroad.

I looked around and couldn’t find up to date figures on what players in Belgium earn now but I did find info from two years ago.

In 2015 the average player in Belgian’s top league earned 250,000 euros (£220,000) a year, which works out at 5,000 euros (approx £4,400) per week.

Anderlecht players were by far the best paid in those figures and that will be the same today, in 2015 though, Anderlecht first team players still only earned on average 600,000 euros (£527,000) per year – which works out at 12,000 euros (approx £10,500) per week. A world away from the 3m euros per season (60,000 euros per week) that Matz Sels is/would be allegedly on,



  • Wor Lass

    Sels was Rafa`s pick and he obviously still rates him and wants to have the option of bringing him back. Maybe his experiences in England will stand him in good stead and in a year`s time – if his loan goes well – he could be worth another go. I seem to remember Man U looking at Edwin van der Sar in the late 1990`s and deciding he wasn`t “up to their standard” but he later became Fergie`s pick for best keeper Manure keeper post-Scmeichel.

    • HarryHype59

      Clubs in Newcastle’s position don’t have the luxury of of loaning out 6.5m keepers.

      • Vodkamagpie

        They just did

        • HarryHype59

          Someone either Rafa or Carr has dropped a mighty clanger signing Sels.

          • Vodkamagpie

            Big time, I’m not a football manager nor scout, but watching a 2min clip of his so called fine saves when he was in Belgium, I was extremely doubtful he would turn out well

      • Wor Lass

        We`ve got FOUR other keepers who are better than him, in my opinion. I know what you mean but all I`m saying is that Rafa obviously has faith in him to come good in the future. I`m betting that he`ll sell Krul, loan out Woodman and go with Elliot, Darlow and whoever else he buys.

        • HarryHype59

          We have at least four better keepers. So I ask myself why did the club buy him?

          • Wor Lass

            There`s an echo on this line!