Genk manager admits Jelle Vossen is likely to leave amid Celtic speculation

Genk manager Peter Maes appears resigned to losing Celtic target Jelle Vossen this summer.

Genk manager Peter Maes has us quoted by The Scottish Sun as saying that striker Jelle Vossen is likely to leave the club amid speculation of a move to Celtic.

Vossen, 26, has smashed 79 goals in his last four seasons for Genk, but spent last term on loan in the Championship with Middlesbrough.

The Belgian hitman struggled for form and fitness at the Riverside Stadium, scoring just nine goals in all competitions for Aitor Karanka's men before returning to parent club Genk this summer.

However, speculation over his future is rife right now, with The Scottish Sun recently reporting that Celtic want to land Vossen on a permanent deal to spearhead their attack ahead of the Champions League qualifiers this summer.

The Scottish Sun now note that Burnley are also interested in Vossen, and carry quotes from Genk manager Maes - who says that it's likely Vossen will leave Genk this summer.

"I want Jelle to stay but I am realistic. The chances are he will go elsewhere," said Maes, who now seems resigned to losing his star striker.

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Burnley were just relegated from the Premier League to the Championship, and manager Sean Dyche will be looking to strengthen his strikeforce having lost Danny Ings to Liverpool this summer.

The Clarets may mount another push for the Premier League next season, and whilst that could be appealing to Vossen, Celtic will still feel like they have the upper hand.

Ronny Deila's men can offer Champions League football this summer, and Vossen would surely want to play in Europe's top club competition rather than play in the Championship for a second straight season.

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