Anderlecht move forces Poles apart
Tuesday, 30 July 2002
Michal Zewlakow has R. Excelsior Mouscron and twin brother Marcin to sign for RSC Anderlecht.
Polish international Michal Zewlakow has left twin brother Marcin behind at R. Excelsior Mouscron to sign for Belgian rivals RSC Anderlecht.
'Will be difficult'
The 26-year-old brothers arrived at Mouscron in the 1999/00 season from KSK Beveren where they had spent a year following their joint move from Polonia Warzaw. "We were ready to play for different clubs, we knew it could happen" said Michal after completing the transfer today. "Of course, the games against Mouscron will be difficult for me because I will have to defend against my own brother for the first time in my life."
'The best club'
Michal, a defender, was a key man for Mouscron last season, playing all 34 league games as they finished seventh and qualified for the UEFA Cup after reaching the Belgian Cup final. He was a firm favourite with coach Hugo Broos and has now followed him to Anderlecht. "This [transfer] is great for me," said Michal. "Anderlecht is the best club in Belgium."
There was also reported to be interest from Lille OSC and AFC Ajax, but Michal was adamant he had made the right choice. "I am very optimistic with Anderlecht. My first goal now is to get a place in the team," he added.
Broos is delighted to have the €1.5m signing in his ranks ahead of their UEFA Cup campaign, particularly as an option at left-back. "Michal is the perfect choice in that position, and he can also play central if we need him there," added Broos. "We all know that there are emotional links in this affair and the relations between Mouscron and Anderlecht, but I am very happy about the ending.
"Michal is world class and he knows our competition well," continued Broos, who is hoping to improve on Anderlecht's third-place finish last season. "He can play in a four-man defence, has got two good feet and a good pass. He is strong mentally as well, and that it is why he's a full international in Poland."