Those in the know in Belgium were more than a little surprised when they heard the news that Club Brugge’s accomplished centreback had signed for Olympiakos. The 23-year-old has never made a secret of his fascination for the Premier League and, with Stoke City and Leicester City apparently keen, England was his expected destination. Instead, he signed a four-season deal with the Greek club and the opportunity to face Barcelona, Juventus and Sporting in the Champions League. “In the end I had to put myself first,” he explained. “[In England] I would have been battling for a place with experienced defenders. At best, I might only have been the fourth choice.” A first-teamer with Club Brugge since the age of 18, he was a key figure in their Belgian title success last year.