PSV Eindhoven have been battling to keep hold of their talented winger Zakaria Bakkali all summer long. The Belgian sprang to attention when he scored 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. English clubs have also noticed the boy-wonder.
Earlier this month 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.
PSV chief executive Marcel Brands even confirmed he was off to Atletico:
"We've agreed a deal with Atlético de Madrid for Bakkali, but it will only go though if and when the player agrees personal terms with them. We made him an offer, but he turned it down. The time has come to think about the future. Bakkali started really well with us, but then he suffered a setback. He made several poor decisions."
But then, suddenly, things changed. It was reported Bakkali had sacked his agent and done a full 180, deciding to stay at PSV to further his development - leaving his suitors across the continent dumbfounded.
And now, a delighted Brands, has confirmed that is the case - Bakkali is going nowhere this summer:
“He’s a good guy and I think he said he wants to stay with us. We’ll see what we can do to renew his contract, because during this season a lot will happen and other teams will want him very much.”
For Bakkali it is perhaps the best decision. His career has stalled amid the recent transfer talk and a season below the radar will do him some good, especially at PSV where he can expect plenty of football.
Rest easy, Bakkali will probably end up in the Premier League one day. Just not quite yet.