Belgian defender Bjorn Engel has turned down the chance to join Arsenal this summer, saying the move will do his budding career more harm than good at this stage.
Engel, 21, has courted interests from a host of several European sides, including Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund after his impressive outings in Belgium’s top flight, but the Club Brugge defender would prefer to join a club whose status is not that high in order to further his burgeoning career.
“That [a move to Dortmund or Arsenal] is a bridge too far for me at the moment”, Engel told Belgian news outlet Het Laaste Nieuws.
“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% focused on Club right 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.”
Engel rose through the ranks at Club Brugge and in 2012, he joined the Belgian side’s senior team and made his professional debut in a UEFA Europa League game against Bordeaux.