Belgian champions Anderlecht are reportedly the mystery second club interested in taking Adelaide United flyer Awer Mabil on trial.
Mabil appears set for a week-long trial with Dutch giants Ajax Amsterdam in early January and Voetbal International has reported Anderlecht are also keen on the 19-year-old.
Reds boss Josep Gombau confirmed earlier this month that Ajax and another club had contacted Adelaide about taking Mabil on trial.
FourFourTwo contacted Adelaide today, but the club refused to confirm Anderlecht as the second club.
United also said Mabil’s January trial with Ajax hadn’t been confirmed either, despite reports he’ll head to the Netherlands during the A-League’s three-week Asian Cup break in January.
Kenya-born winger Mabil caught Ajax’s eye playing for the Young Socceroos and it had been alleged he’ll head to Amsterdam following their January 5 fixture against Perth Glory.
Anderlecht, who recently drew 3-3 with Arsenal in the UEFA Champions League, may try to piggyback on his Ajax stint, by bringing Mabil on trial afterwards.
Adelaide, however, may prefer Mabil to return home if his reported Ajax trial is unsuccessful, having previously been reluctant to let him go.
The Reds had concerns over whether the European clubs’ interest in Mabil was genuine.
“Ajax and another club contacted us to send him in a trial," Gombau told reporters earlier this month.
"They asked permission for him to go but what we want to know is exactly which intentions they have… to go on trial is easy but what we want (to know) is if their interest is real and then we'll prepare the player to go."
Mabil was part of the Young Socceroos squad during last month’s AFC Under-19 Championship in Myanmar.
The youngster more memorably scored a stunning free-kick for the Young Socceroos in July’s 5-4 win over Chile in California.
Mabil has been a regular for Adelaide this season, playing eight games in all competitions, scoring twice, including a strike in last week’s FFA Cup semi-final win over Central Coast.comments