Thursday morning has seen Newcastle United confirm (see below) that Matz Sels has joined Anderlecht on a year’s loan.

Starting last season as Newcastle number one after a summer 2016 move from Gent, Sels lost his place in September following a last minute Villa equaliser, and never played another minute of Championship football.

The Belgian remaining on the bench until he even lost his place in the matchday 18 late in the season, as Rob Elliot regained full fitness.

After the loan deal was formally announced by both clubs this morning, Matz Sels gave his first interview since making the move.

The keeper saying that the presence of former Gent teammate and friend Sven Kums will make the transition easier, the midfielder having recently signed from Watford.

After appearing in the Champions League the season before he signed for Newcastle, Matz Sels is also looking forward to going back into that competition with Anderlecht, who won the domestic league title last season.

Anderlecht have also released a short video (see below) showing Sels’ arrival and taking his medical.

Matz Sels:

“I am very happy with this transition.

“RSC Anderlecht is the country’s most beloved club and I hope to convince the staff, my fellow players and the fans quickly of my qualities.

“In addition, participation in the Champions League is a big challenge for me.

“I look forward to meeting my fellow players and getting to know them better.

“The arrival of my good friend Sven (Kums) will certainly accelerate my integration.”

Official Newcastle United Statement:

‘Newcastle United goalkeeper Matz Sels has completed a season-long loan move to Anderlecht.

The 25-year-old has returned to his homeland to link up with Rene Weiler’s side – who won their 34th Belgian First Division A and will remain at the Constant Vanden Stock Stadium until the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

Belgium international stopper Sels joined United from Gent in June 2016, having played Champions League football and been voted Belgium’s Goalkeeper of the Year during his time with De Buffalo’s.

Sels began last season in goal for the Magpies, making nine appearances in the Sky Bet Championship, keeping five clean sheets.

He also had three outings in the FA Cup, and a further two in the EFL Cup as Newcastle reached the last eight.

  • Soldier

    Best of luck mate, you gave it a go & came up short but at least you tried

  • MadMag83

    Hopefully his loan spell goes better than Krul’s.

  • Alex Jennings

    the championship was a big challenge for him never mind the champions league XD

  • Jorge

    Great goalkeeper!!! Wish you the best.

  • Vodkamagpie

    Worst goalkeeper I’ve seen for a long time, was a shocking signing by us, he never holds the ball, which is bad for a goalkeeper

    • HarryHype59

      Agreed…at £6.5m and 50k a week he was shocking. No doubt he will be sold at a fraction of what NUFC paid for him.

      • Vodkamagpie

        Only hope is anderlecht win the league, he gets goalkeeper of the year again, somehow, and then a team in a bigger league, Italy, Germany, etc puts in a bid and matches his wages, if we lucky, maybe we can get slightly more than we paid for him, depending on how anderlecht do next season.

  • Jimblag23

    Footballs a funny game. I’m sure he is a top notch keeper but he couldn’t hack the championship. Weirdly he’ll probably be ok in the CL.

  • Geordiegiants

    Pav had the same sort of start as Sels. The fans gave him hell, he turned it around and became a legend in his own right. He probably wasn’t our best ever keeper, but he was certainly our most loved.

    • 1957

      If anything Pav was probably worse. I’ll never forget travelling to Tranmere in I think October 91 and witnessed a 6-6 draw in the Zenith Data Cup where Pav was so bad he could have let double figures in. He turned it around, who can say with certainty Sels wouldn’t if he gets the chance.

      • Geordiegiants

        He must of had something about him as he was player of the year back home. It’s got to be hard playing in front of the most fickle fans in the country though.

      • Down Under Mag

        Sels was highly rated, I just hope that he does get another chance. He obviously had no confidenc elast season and was rightly dropped… Sometimes our fans are far too quick to jump on new players and overly criticise any mistakes. Not great for players who maybe are looking for some validation in a new league!

  • wheyayeman

    There’s no doubt he can be (and has already proven back home) a great goalie but his flapping was indicative of a lack of confidence. A further season to develop and gain back his confidence at a good club should stand him in better stead for either making the loan permanent or coming back to compete at the Toon.