Canada international hits out at Gent: ‘Just let me move to Lille’

Jonathan David has hit out at his Belgian club AA Gent. The 20-year-old Canadian international wants to complete a move to French outfit Lille OSC, but his current club have been stalling a deal. David has told L’Equipe that he does not understand why Gent is blocking a potential €25m move while he has joined the club on a free transfer in 2018.

“I want to come to Lille”, David said. “I have had a very good season. For me, my next step, is Ligue 1. And the footballing project at Lille is fantastic. They are a very good team in France.” Lille have offered Gent an initial €25m fee, but the Belgian side is holding on to their original €30m asking price. David feels this fee is unrealistic.

“The club says they want to keep me. Or be ready to sell me for a price that I don’t think is realistic (at least €30m) when you take into account the COVID-19 situation”, David added. “That is making negotiations complicated. In any case, I made it clear that I want to go to Lille. They said to me that they would not block me. At the start, things were going quicker. Now, everything has slowed. As if they are waiting for a better offer.”