Former Belgian international Lorenzo Staelens has claimed that Jason Denayer is good enough to play for Real Madrid.
This summer is set to be a huge moment in the future of Manchester City. With an ageing squad and an obvious gap between them and Europe’s elite, big changes need to be made.
One change that seems certain is the return of Jason Denayer from his loan spell at Celtic, with a former Belgium international telling the Manchester Evening News that the defender is good enough to play for Real Madrid.
“Jason Denayer is a diamond and will be the future of the Belgium defence for years to come,” said Lorenzo Staelens after the teenager made his international debut against Israel last month.
“I remember when Vincent Kompany made his debut for Belgium and he was praised for his maturity, well Denayer looked even better.
“It’s still too early to say he’s the new Kompany. But when I see the likes of Raphael Varane playing for Real Madrid, Denayer is already at that level and will pass it in no time if he keeps developing.
“I see him very soon being at a club like Real Madrid.”
Before making the step to the Spanish giants, Denayer would need to return to England and excel for City, but his excellent performances for Celtic this season may have done enough to win a place in the Premier League side's defence where he may be an improvement.
The 25-year-old has played 24 times this season for the Scottish champions, using his size and athleticism to score five times from the defence. Before his debut for the full team he excelled for the Belgium youth sides, scoring twice in three games for the Under-21s.
Denayer is the perfect player to breathe new life into the City defence next season, and if he does that, maybe he could go all the way to the Santiago Bernabeu.