Engels: I am not ready for Arsenal or Dortmund move

The talented 21-year-old has seen his name linked with two of Europe’s biggest clubs, but he believes he has to continue his apprenticeship in Belgium

Club Brugge defender Bjorn Engels feels he is not ready for a transfer to a club of Arsenal or Borussia Dortmund’s stature just yet and would prefer a move to a smaller club at this stage of his career.

The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the best players around in the Belgian top flight and recent reports suggested both Arsenal and BVB are keeping a close eye on his situation.

Nevertheless, Engels is in no rush to leave Brugge and if he did, he would opt for less of a step up.

“That [a move to Dortmund or Arsenal] is a bridge too far for me at the moment,” Engels told Het Laatste Nieuws.

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“A mid-table team [in a big league] would be the ideal next step for me and there have been some serious offers from such teams.

“I am staying calm, though. I only want to be informed about it when Club also agree to a transfer.

“I am 100 per cent focused on Club now and that will not change so long as I am here. Playing in the Champions League is a nice prospect as well.

“We will have to wait and see what happens.”

The centre-back has a contract with Brugge until June 2020.

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