He recalled to Sport/Voetbalmagazine: "Of course it is not easy to say no to Chelsea, but I wanted more than to be a simple academy player. They're a club which can buy any player in the world.
"What if one day they say: sorry, we do not see it anymore in you?
"I want to succeed first at Anderlecht and within a number of years they may still come and get me."
"That was a charm offensive to lure me there. Thanks to my entourage, I was able to quickly get a reality check."