Reported Arsenal target Dennis Praet not keen on Manchester City move

Anderlecht midfielder Dennis Praet would have reservations about moving to a major European club at this moment in time due to his desire to see regular first-team minutes.

Anderlecht youngster Dennis Praet has been linked with a £10 million move to Manchester City this month, but the Belgian midfielder is reported on to have declared that a move to a club of that size would not be in his best interests.

Praet, 20, has established himself as a regular in the Anderlecht side since making his first-team debut in September 2011, helping the club win three-straight Belgian Pro League titles thanks to his creative spark, as well as earning his first international cap in November.

With seven goals and nine assists in 26 total appearances this season, a number of big-name clubs are now reported to be chasing his signature according to the Mirror, including Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle, as well as the Premier League champions, opening up the potential of a major bidding war in the near future.

A switch to the Etihad Stadium has even been mooted before the transfer window closes, but the in-demand prospect has suggested that he would rather join a mid-table side were he to make the jump to the English top-flight.

"I think for my development as a player I would be better off joining a medium sized team in a great league", he said.

If I go to Manchester, I would not have many chances to play."

Nevertheless, Praet’s agent does not seem to share that view, telling Sport Voetbal magazine in November that his client needs to test himself at a club like Arsenal as soon as possible.

"Dennis should go to a team where they play good football,” he said.

"He is not far from the level of a club like Arsenal, if they could give him a year's adjustment period.

But I will never push a player in a direction of a transfer,” he added. “You can make a career of twenty years without a having a long term vision."

It therefore remains to be seen what Praet’s next destination will be but, given his clear talent, it shouldn’t be long before he is starring for one of Europe’s elite.

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