Anderlecht have told Sky they are “big losers” after seeing Adnan Januzaj make the breakthrough at Manchester United.
Januzaj, 18, has been in the spotlight since he scored twice for United in their 2-1 victory over Sunderland at the weekend and he is said to be attracting interest from a number of Europe’s top clubs.
Anderlecht now realise that they failed to secure a good deal when the midfielder, who had played for the Belgian club since the age of ten, left for Old Trafford two years ago.
Jean Kindermans, who leads Anderlecht's youth academy, told Sky Sports News that they should have secured performance-based clauses and sell-on fees.
“Today we are big losers," he said. “If the father decides the son is leaving us then we have to make the best deal possible. Three years ago, we thought it was a good deal; today, we have to say it was a good deal, but it isn't anymore!"
Kindermans said Januzaj had changed little since making the move to the Premier League champions.
“There are 12-, 13-, 14-year-olds who have earrings and special hair, but Adnan was a nice quiet boy, and when I see him now playing for Man United, he has not changed,” he said. "Adnan was a nice player, and technically very, very skilled, very intelligent on the pitch -- a hard worker, but a silent worker.
Meanwhile, Januzaj has told United Review that he is not worried about international football as he wants to focus his attentions on doing well for his club.
He turned down the opportunity to play for Belgium this week and is eligible for several countries, while England have shown interest.
“At the moment, international football isn't something that I've thought a lot about,” he said. “I know that, first, I have to concentrate on what I do for United, because that is the most important part of my career right now.
“I want to play well for United and give everything for my club. I'm really enjoying myself, I played quite a few games in the reserves last season and thought I did well. From there, I had the chance to go on the summer tour and it was a good opportunity for me to show what I can do for the team.
“It was a great experience and ever since I've been working hard. I want to play in as many games as I can and become the best payer I can possibly be. I know that I need to keep working hard every day to achieve that. I have to be ready, ready to take my chance.
“I'm confident in my ability and believe I can help the team.”