Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie has joined Club Brugge on loan for the remainder of the 2017/18 season.
In a statement from the club website:
“The 26-year-old has moved to the Belgian side, who currently top the nation’s Jupiler Pro League, ahead of the transfer window closing tomorrow night.
Vice Chairman (Football) Les Reed said: “We have an extremely strong and deep group of midfielders here at Southampton, meaning there is significant competition for places in the team.
“We feel it is beneficial to give Jordy the chance to play regular first-team football over the coming months. This move to a strong Club Brugge side will allow him to do that at a high level.
“This is also an opportunity to develop a relationship for the longer term with Club Brugge, one of Europe’s top football clubs, who regularly qualify for European competition.
“We will remain in regular contact with Jordy throughout the loan spell and will be closely monitoring his progress and performances during his time in Belgium, as we do with all our loanees.
“We wish Jordy and Club Brugge the very best for the rest of the season and hope to see him help them to another Jupiler Pro League title.” ”
This news has escalated quite quickly, from news emerging this morning that Crystal Palace and Newcastle were potential suitors suddenly secures a move to the Belgian side Club Brugge.
Unfortunately for Jordy Clasie he was never given an extended run in the first team at any given time. High hopes were expected of him from former manager Ronald Koeman but ultimately was not afforded the chance as midfield selection and competition became fierce. With the addition of Mario Lemina this summer it was only natural for Jordy Clasie to be pushed out of the scene.
We hope Jordy is afforded a full season in Belgium but it remains to be seen whether there is an option to buy at the end of the deal.