Sebastiaan Bornauw has admitted he turned down Premier League pair Crystal Palace and Norwich City in favour of European football at VFL Wolfsburg, speaking to Het Laaste Nieuws.
You can’t really argue with his logic.
After finishing fourth in the Bundesliga last season, Bornauw is playing Champions League football for the first time in his career, featuring in the recent group-stage clashes with Lille and Sevilla.
Crystal Palace and Norwich, meanwhile, are mired in the bottom half of England’s top flight having mustered just one win between them – although we’d guess one of those clubs is enjoying the season more than the other.
Crystal Palace target Sebastiaan Bornauw would like to play in the Premier League
“Norwich and Crystal Palace were interested (in the summer transfer window),” explains Belgium international Bornauw, who eventually swapped Cologne for Wolfsburg to the tune of £13 million.
“As were Lazio – but Wolfsburg was the best choice. I can play in the Champions League here. I’m very happy.”
Bornauw has admitted he’d like to sample the delights of Premier League football at some point.
For now, however, the towering 22-year-old centre-back is fully focused on repaying his hefty price tag at the Volkswagen Arena.
Bornauw hasn’t exactly hit the ground running at Die Wolfe.
After winning their first four games of the Bundesliga season, Mark van Bommel’s reign has turned sour, three successive defeats seeing them drop from the summit to sixth place.
Norwich, in contrast, appear to be heading in the other direction, securing clean sheets in each of their past two matches.
As for Crystal Palace, one win in eight fails to reflect the improvements they’ve made under Patrick Vieira.
Playing a brand of exciting, front-foot football that was little more than a pipe dream during Roy Hodgson’s ‘four-banks-of-four’ regime, Palace would be a top-half team if it wasn’t for last-gasp equalisers conceded against Arsenal and rivals Brighton.