R. Antwerp FC have taken two players on loan from Manchester United FC as part of a special arrangement between the two clubs.
Winger Alan Tate and defender Neil Wood, both 19, have joined the Eerste Klasse side for the rest of the season. Tate was voted United's Young Player of the Year last season.
The pair follow in the footsteps of current Old Trafford first-team squad members Luke Chadwick, Ronnie Wallwork and Paul Rachubka. All have previously spent time on loan at Antwerp gaining valuable league experience.
Another Belgian club KVC Westerlo have confirmed they are interested in operating a similar link-up with German 1. Bundesliga side FC Schalke 04, who were knocked out of this season’s UEFA Champions League in the first group stage.
"The interest comes from both sides," said Westerlo president Herman Wijnants. "But it will be a mere sporting co-operation, exchanging players for example. Spain and England are just too far away. I'd rather work together with a club that is only an hour-and-a-half drive away."
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