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​Verheyen tells Mechelen whizkid Vranckx to snub Liverpool

Liverpool are being linked with Mechelen midfielder Aster Vranckx.

The youngster is part of the club's new transfer strategy, which the Daily Mirror suggests will focus on young and upcoming players, rather than world stars.

The 17-year-old has shown what he can do at first team level this season.

But former Belgian international and ex-Oostende boss Gert Verheyen has told the player to stay put for now.

He told Het Nieuwsblad: "That kind of midfielder, a combination of vision, power and technique, is very popular.

"He can play in three positions in midfield. He can take a ball and pass. But where would such a boy play at a top club like Club Brugge?

"Someone like Vranckx should only focus on playing.

"That is why it is better to stay with KV Mechelen. Because he may also experience a relapse, as is often the case with young players."

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