Bjorn EngEls

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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.

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