Liverpool and Spurs target Bakkali switches agent and decides to stay

Zakaria Bakkali

Zakaria Bakkali has reportedly decided that his future lies at PSV Eindhoven.

PSV Eindhoven have been battling to keep hold of their talented winger Zakaria Bakkali. The talented Belgian winger sprang to international attention when he banged in a hat-trick in just his second appearance for the club - and his explosive wing play has got other teams watching on with envious eyes.

This summer teams such as Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Anderlecht and Standard Liege have all been mentioned as having an interest in his services while English clubs have also had a mention.

Both Arsenal and Manchester United were reported keen in the past. But this summer it has been Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool most heavily linked with his potential signature.

The North London side and Anfield club both now have managers in charge who put serious onus on youth development and talent - Bakkali is the type of precocious starlet Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino would love in their respective set-ups.

However a week ago it looked as though a La Liga side were set to disappoint the interested Premier League parties as Dutch paper De Telegraaf reported that Los Colchoneros had agreed a €2-3 million fee for the 18-year-old.

Bakkali is under contract until 2015, but was recently suspended from all first-team duties over his tense contract stand off.

But that is now apparently no longer the case, with Bakkali reportedly rejecting a move to Atletico. Now it is reported he has had a complete U-turn and wants to stay with PSV.

Bakkali has reportedly sacked his former agent and changed tact - deciding he is not yet ready for a move abroad, and wants to sign a new deal to remain in the Eredivisie.

Probably the best decision for his career, but one which will irritate fans of the clubs that have been linked with him all summer.

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