It doesn’t take a genius to work out that Matz Sels has no future at Newcastle United.
One of the few transfer mistakes Rafa Benitez has made, the goalkeeper never looked up to it after arriving for around £6m in Summer 2016.
Whereas Martin Dubravka oozed confidence and came for high balls to relieve pressure on his defence against Manchester United on his debut, instead Matz Sels really struggled on both counts even in the Championship.
Returning to Belgium on a season’s loan, the keeper became the best paid player in the history of their domestic league. It was assumed that there was little/no prospect of a permanent move to Anderlecht due to the English style wages Matz Sels is on – but now that may well have changed..
Anderlecht have had a nightmare season despite being third in the table, they are 14 points off the top of the table and the fans aren’t happy.
Though as it happens, Matz Sels is one of the few players who hasn’t got the blame for a poor showing this season and now Anderlecht are reported to want him to stay.
In Belgium, DH have published a piece about new Billionaire owner Marc Coucke.
They say that their information is that the new Anderlecht boss has put together major plans to restore the club to former glories and will finance a significant number of arrivals this summer, as the club also move on a number of players.
DH say that Marc Coucke wants to clear out all the loan players apart from one.
The likes of Lazar Markovic will head back to Liverpool but the new Anderlecht owner wants to buy and keep Matz Sels at the club, to be one of the main men in his rebuilding programme.
Rafa Benitez found it difficult to move on unwanted players last Summer and in January, as well as bringing in the ones he wanted. It would be a big help if the Newcastle boss can top up his transfer funds with cash from the likes of Sels, Mitrovic, Mbemba and others in the next transfer window.
Meanwhile, Matz Sels has also been talking about his future to the Belgian media and he says he is open to staying at Anderlecht long-term and adds, he would find it very difficult if he had to return to Newcastle.
With both Elliot and Darlow preferred to Matz Sels and neither of those deemed good enough by Rafa Benitez to be a Premier League number one, it is obvious that Sels has to get a permanent move elsewhere.
Matz Sels speaking to Het Laatste Nieuws:
“I have not been with Anderlecht for very long but it has indeed been hectic.
“The results are disappointing and only one thing counts here, being champions, logical for a club that already has 34 titles.
“Three out of fifteen points from the last five match days is not enough for a club like Anderlecht.
“I am open to a conversation (to sign permanently for Anderlecht).
“Newcastle paid a lot of money and want to recoup some of that.
“Returning to Newcastle would be difficult.”