Club Brugge KV have signed Maxime Lestienne and Daan Van Gijseghem as free agents after R. Excelsior Mouscron withdrew from the Belgian top flight at the end of 2009.
Lestienne, a 17-year-old left-winger, penned a two-and-a-half year contract with the Belgian UEFA Europa League hopefuls having impressed for beleaguered Mouscron this season, missing just two league games. "I have chosen the club I have supported since my youth," said the Belgian Under-19 international, adding of his decision not to move abroad: "I do not want to skip steps in my development."
Central defender Van Gijseghem, 21, meanwhile, has agreed to a three-and-a-half-year contract. The Belgian U21 international broke into the Mouscron first team aged 17 in 2004/05 and was captain at Le Canonnier this season. Van Gijseghem said: "I've had a good conversation with the coach [Adrie Koster]. He did not give me any guarantees but that is not necessary. I want to fight to prove I am worth it."
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