He said: “With Jelle Vossen, I have personally been in touch recently. I think there's a good chance he stays with us. He has plenty of blue blood. I feel that there is certainly a gap for him [to play].”
Whilst not a guaranteed statement of Vossen’s place in Genk’s team, Maes’ comments deal a blow to a host of British clubs, who all want to sign him.
The former Middlesbrough loanee, who netted eight Championship goals last term for Boro, has been linked with Scottish champions Celtic, as per the Sun, whilst Gazette Live claim that Sheffield Wednesday also want to sign him.
Boro were also linked with making another move for him this summer, although their permanent option to sign him expired at the end of last month, and a report in the Northern Echo suggested that they no longer are showing an interest in the forward.
The Belgian international is expected back at Genk’s pre-season training next week, and with Maes keen to keep ahold of him, any interested party may now have to part with a large fee if they truly want to sign him.