By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Club Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis found out his team had won the Belgian title in unusual circumstances.
Club Brugge were 15 points ahead of second-placed KAA Gent with one game left before the season-ending play-offs when football was suspended in early March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Dennis and his compatriot David Okereke waited for the return of football for over two months until recently when they were crowned 2019-2020 Belgian Jupiler League Champions.
The player received the news of the title win as a surprise.
“I was at my friends’, we were playing ping pong,” he says. “I saw somebody tagged me in something and I went to look, I said to my friend, ‘go and check’, and he said ‘yeah, you’re champions, congratulations’. He said.
There are reports suggesting that it could be Dennis’ final season at the club.
The 22-year-old Nigerian international has been linked with move away from the Jan Breydel Stadium.
The club’s manager Philippe Clement has admitted to Belgian media this week that there is “a lot of interest” in the player.
Speaking about his future, Dennis told Sky Sports News: “I like challenges. I’ve been here for three years. My focus right now is I have one more game this season – the Cup Final – which I want to win, that’s really important to me. After then, we’ll see what happens, you never know.”
Dennis has been linked with a number of Premier League clubs but still wishes to play in the cup final.
The Belgium government has decided to keep the sport in lockdown until July 31, which accelerated a decision from the football authorities to resolve the outcome of the Jupiler League, with Club Brugge officially crowned champions on Friday.
The Abuja native joined the club in May 2017 at a fee of €1.2 Million from Gent on a five-year-deal.
The former Zorya Lugansk forward scored nine goals and provided two assists in 33 games in all competitions in the just ended season.
It has been a successful stay at the club. The ex. forward has scored 28 goals in 103 appearances for Brugge carving a niche as one of the fiercest forward in Belgium.
With two years left in his contract, a potential suitors must pay €14 Million as he is rated by Transfermarkt if he has to make a move.
Dennis has won two caps for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
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