Ligue 1 leaders AS Monaco buy a new club
AS Monaco have bought Belgian second division club Cercle Brugge K.S.V in a move that could greatly benifit the youth system.
AS Monaco have effectively bought Belgian second divison club Cercle Brugge K.S.V after a general meeting was held between the Brugge shareholders who unanimously voted in favour of granting a majority stake to Monaco.
The move can be seen as a partnership which will provide a breeding ground for the young and upcoming talents on both sides of the border. While Monaco can loan out their players in order to provide them with regular first team action, the move can also be seen as beneficial to Brugge as they look to unearth new talents and bolster their chances of promotion to the first division.
Monaco presently sit on top of the league table with a 3-point lead over rivals Paris Saint-Germain but with a game in hand. The influence of youth players couldn’t have been more visible as is evident in the ongoing season with the unearthing of talents such as Kylian Mbappé, Bernardo Silva, Thomas Lemar, Benjamin Mendy and Tiemoué Bakayoko. The average age of the squad at 25, speaks volume for itself.
The official statement on AS Monaco’s website read – “AS Monaco and Cercle Bruges are pleased to announce the acquisition of the Belgian second division club by the Monegasque outfit, effective Friday.
The General Meeting of Cercle Bruges shareholders unanimously voted in favour of granting a majority stake to AS Monaco. The project will contribute to the club’s sporting growth as part of its youth development policy. ”
Cercle Brugge Koninklijke Sportvereniging, also known as Cercle Bruges were founded in 1899. The club endured regular sustained seasons in both the first and second division throughout its history. Bruges are currently managed by former Charlton Athletic and Blackpool boss – José Riga.
One of their most notable player in recent history was the Icelandic forward and former Barcelona star – Eiður Guðjohnsen.
Though he only played a single season at the club, he made a major impact scoring 6 goals in 13 appearances before signing on for City rivals, Club Brugge K.V. Another noteworthy player from the current crop is Raphaël Diarra, the 21-years-old talented defender who is on loan from AS Monaco. With the ownership deal done, many such talents can be expected to come through.