Chelsea have helped to develop their fair share of Belgian talent over the years.
As the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku have all donned the famous blue jersey, it’s fair to say that signing another Red Devil in the future wouldn’t be the worst of ideas.
And according to Paul Courant, who was a former player and a ‘top scout’ for Club Brugge, that next player is already raring to play amongst the very best in Europe.
Courant has backed Charles De Ketelaere, 20, to be a success at Chelsea, if he decides to leave Brugge for the west London club.
During an interview with Het Laatste Nieuws, via Sport Witness, the 72-year-old talked about the potential transfer.
“I’m going to tell you [how high he rates De Ketelaere] right away; very high. Put Charles at Chelsea tomorrow and he will play immediately. Especially, under that trainer [Thomas Tuchel] – I know that club and the vision of their coach a little bit,” he said.
“Charles no longer needs a refresher course. He is already a modern footballer – physically, technically and mentally.
“The next step for Charles should be as high as possible. He does not first have to pass a few smaller European clubs. Just because everything is already very well put together with him.
“You know, if Charles would have grown up in Munich, he would now be playing for Bayern. I may be very euphoric, but it is true. I’m glad there’s someone like that walking around in Belgium.”
Although there is currently no evidence to suggest that this a move that interests Chelsea, the club will surely take note of Courant’s quotes, and who knows, we may see De Ketelaere in Chelsea blue at some point in the future.