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Dendoncker down in the dumps

Filed: Wednesday, 7th February 2018
By: Staff Writer

Leander Dendoncker has revealed that he was left highly disappointed after his transfer to West Ham United broke down.

The highly-rated Belgian international had been linked with a string of top clubs around Europe before agreeing to join the Hammers during last month's transfer window.

However West Ham's insufficient offer for the £20million-rated defensive midfielder saw the move collapse - to the vast disappointment of the 22-year-old who had set his heart of a move to London.

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"West Ham seemed to me a nice club to take the next step in my career," Dendoncker told Het Laatste Nieuws. "The disappointment was great; I could barely overcome it.

"I was on the phone every day with my agent. I was told, 'be patient, it will come around, maybe at the very end'. I was constantly working on that transfer instead of just focusing on training.

"I was wrong, I realise that. But it was the first time I was involved in such a situation, I just did not know how to deal with it.

"Anderlecht was not the problem, itís just that after the title [last season] I had the desire to take the next step in my career. I was ready, I thought, for a new challenge."

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