Ole Romeny will not be joining Leeds United this summer, NEC Nijmegen coach Rogier Meijer has told ForzaNEC.
After making great strides over the last 12 months, a skilful forward in the Patrick Bamford mould is suddenly courting interest from a variety of clubs from all over Europe.
Voetbal International reported in June that Premier League newcomers Leeds were battling not only Brentford but also Juventus and Manchester City for the signature of the Dutch youth star.
But Romeny, who scored nine times in 30 games for second-tier NEC in 2019/20, still has a lot to learn before he makes a move to one of the biggest leagues in Europe.
Although NEC missed out on promotion after the Dutch football season was curtailed in April, there appears to be an acceptance that the homegrown 20-year-old would benefit from staying put for another season.
“(Romeny) made a good impression and looks solid and strong. He knows that it will be an important year for him. I satisfied with that,” coach Meijer says.
“Will he still be leaving? No, I will keep him here.”
If Romeny can improve his one-in-three goal record in 2020/21, those offers will still be on the table next summer.
Perhaps Manchester City could take the Jack Harrison approach, by signing a talented young forward before farming him out on loan to Elland Road.
The mutual admiration between Marcelo Bielsa and the most committed of disciples, a certain Pep Guardiola, should give newly-promoted Leeds access to some of the finest prospects in European football.
After all, Bielsa is famed worldwide for eking every drop of potential out of his players. So who on earth would not jump at the chance to send a rough diamond on loan to Leeds?
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