December 6, 2022

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RC Genk enters negotiations with Malinwa over Vranken | sports

Jupiler Pro LeagueWouter Franken is on his way to becoming the new Team Racing Genk coach. Limburger has already concluded himself with Genk, and now negotiations have begun between FC Limburg and Key in Mechelen over the surrender clause.

Watch also: Franken says goodbye to KV Mechelen

Racing Genk has now also officially reported to KV Mechelen about Wouter Vranken. The Limburg coach, who has been personally with Genk for a while, still has a contract with Malinoa to this day. The surrender clause in his contract is €600,000. The amount that Genk is willing to negotiate. KV rejected the first proposal, but both clubs are expected to reach an agreement in the coming days.

Then nothing would stand in the way for Franken to sign an indefinite contract in Genk. Armenia Bielefeld, who has just been relegated from the Bundesliga, has also shown great interest in the Limburger match. In addition to T2 Kevin Van Dessel, Vrancken is also hoping to bring physical trainer Glenn Vanryckeghem to Cegeka Arena.

no surprise

This is no surprise. For years, Vranken has been linked with the Limburgers. The perfect moment never came. Until now. Genk has had a particularly disappointing season in which goals – title contention and winter in Europe – were not met. The club even had to pull all the stops to reach the top eight. Once he reached the playoffs in Europe, the team led by Storck couldn’t really convince.


It was regularly emphasized that the current core lacked a sense of club. After four years working at Mechelen, Francken represents a distinguished footballer. It is no coincidence that his team receives weekly praise from opponents. And more: As a former Limburger player, he knows very well what Racing Genk stands for.

In his search for a new coach, people thought of Genk as well Besnik Hassi, but especially Mark van Bommel. The Dutchman introduced himself. He was recently spotted in the youth complex and in the home match against Charleroi. He was very charming, but he chose to move to Antwerp.

Mechelen is about to agree with Buijs

Vrancken, who this season has been renamed ‘De Keizer’, will surely depart from the big gate at KV Mechelen. After the whistle, his name was chanted—”He’s too good for a Racing Genk,” sung among other things—and crawled into the spy’s head for a while. Franken also addressed the audience from the central circle. “It is wonderful what we have all lived and achieved together. I am proud to have been a part of the history books at such a rich club. I want to thank everyone the Board, the staff and the players. As well as my family. My beautiful wife and three wonderful children bring balance in my life. I also want to thank you Our fans are in support. For me, this is no longer an ordinary football field, but a home. “



Franken was celebrated until the early hours of Achter de Kazerne’s life – selfies, handshakes and hugs with fans can’t be counted. Few coaches can say goodbye to their club in this way. Wait and see if Franken – once everything is in place – can do the same to Genk. In Mechelen, they are now close to reaching an agreement with Dutchman Danny PuigsSaturday is in Mechelen. He made a positive impression during the talks and met Franken on Friday. Final financial breaks and points are yet to be clarified.

Watch out for incoming and outgoing transfers

Once Franken’s arrival is complete, Genk can start looking for the next season. After a disappointing year, as no European football has been applied, there is a lot about to happen in Limburg.

The first thing to look for is outbound transfers. Théo Bongonda, Paul Onuachu, and Jhon Lucumi are frequently mentioned as potential departures. Christian Thorst has benefited from the European League winner Eintracht Frankfurt. We also look forward to developments surrounding Cyriel Dessers. Feyenoord would like to clarify the €4 million surrender clause, but it is financially limited.

All this is offset by incoming traffic. Football chief Dimitri de Conde is looking for reinforcements in midfield and attack. KV Mechelen’s Nicola Storm is closely followed. He could continue to work at the Cegeka Arena with Vranken, the coach with whom he spent his most successful season ever. The benefit is not tangible yet.

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