Royal Antwerp coach Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is hoping that more Manchester United players will follow Davide Petrucci’s lead and join the Belgian club, following the Italian’s loan move on Monday.
Petrucci joined Hasselbaink’s side in the quest for more playing time and has already made his debut, playing 70 minutes in a 0-0 draw against league leaders AS Eupen.
United have previously had strong ties with the Belgian club with players like Jonny Evans, John O’Shea and Darron Gibson having all made the temporary switch, and it is a link that Hasselbaink is keen to exploit as he looks to take The Great Old back to the top tier of Belgian football.
Speaking to Manchester United’s official website, the former Chelsea and Leeds striker said:
“I work for Antwerp and they want to keep that link. “I’m going to enforce that.
“I’m going to enforce bringing youngsters over from Manchester United to us because a) I think it’s good for the relationship and b) I think it is good for my team as well. It’s always good to give youngsters the opportunity to play minutes.”
Hasselbaink has been impressed with his first signing from United, claiming Petrucci is just the type of player he likes:
“He’s an extremely gifted football player.
“He’s a good midfield player, highly technical, who played his first match for 70 minutes and did really well. He’s going to be a big asset to our team.
“I’d seen lots of DVDs about him and seen how he plays and how he likes to play. I spoke to him before he came here and I spoke to Warren Joyce about him on several occasions.
“He is my type of player – a creative midfielder who can release the ball for the strikers and create something for himself as well. I like those kind of players.”
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