Date: 21st November 2013 at 3:21am
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Zakaria Bakkali

Europe’s finest are set to be disappointed after PSV confirmed that sensation Zakaria Bakkali is close to agreeing a new deal.

After shining in the Nike Cup at in 2011 where he was named the competition’s best player, Bakkali burst onto the scene this season with a hat trick in Eindhoven’s 5-0 demolition of NEC Nijmegan and has been a fixture in Philip Cocu’s side ever since.

Inevitably interest in the 17 year old, likened to Eden Hazard by Belgium manager Marc Wilmots, skyrocketed, with a host of club alerted to the precocious talent. He himself confirmed had made an approach, saying:

“Yes, I had offers from club all over Europe.”

When pressed as to who these clubs were and whether one of the clubs to have made an approach were , Bakkali replied, “Yes that’s right.”

Bakkali had resolved to remain at PSV for the immediate future and rejected United’s advances, but remain in a perilous position with his current deal expiring in 2015.

EU Law states that players under 18 aren’t allowed to sign deals longer than 3 years so PSV are set to wait until January, after he turns 18, to offer him a new deal and things are looking bright for the club, as they believe his long term future lies in Holland.

Technical manager Marcel Brands, said of the starlet:

“Zakaria is satisfied with PSV and has indicated that he wants to continue to develop with us for the time being. 

“We have received a positive signal and talk at the end of this month together on.”