Matz Sels has now left Newcastle United, at least for the next year anyway.
An official statement released by the club on Thursday morning confirming the one season loan.
Media in Belgium had beat NUFC by around an hour to the news, with Nieuwsblad (see below) revealing the deal was complete.
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.
From The Mag earlier today (21 June 2017:
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,