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.
“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.
— RSC Anderlecht (@rscanderlecht) June 22, 2017