He seemed to be suffering from the so-called ‘transferitis’, but Didier Lamkel Zé just stays with Antwerp. Or he wants that anyway and for at least another two years, says the Cameroonian attacker himself.
As expected, Lamkel Zé did not appear on the field during the first training session at the end of June. The Cameroonian showed up, albeit too late, and burst into the breakfast room just as his coach was addressing the group. The day before, Lamkel Zé also failed the medical tests. “Lamkel Zé asked our medical staff for injury treatment, but it is unclear to us where he should be treated,” general manager Sven Jaecques explained in the absence of the enfant terrible.
So a white lie, just like in 2019 and 2020? “We’re not going to go crazy: this was also the case during the past summer preparations,” Jaecques continued. “But the group is much more important than someone who doesn’t quite know whether or not they want to be part of the whole.”
Lamkel Zé has not yet been sanctioned. The stormy waters did not pull along on stage with The Great Old. Officially because he “was not found sufficiently fit by the medical staff and will train individually for an extra week”.
Does he stay or does he not stay?
But the Cameroonian’s love for Antwerp has not yet cooled. Quite the contrary, as it turns out. Lamkel Zé announced on Instagram on Monday evening that he wants to cancel his contract at the Bosuil, which still runs for two years. “The patron is back”, it sounds. And: “I stay with you, my gang”.
However, the question is whether Lamkel Zé fits into the plans of new trainer Brian Priske. In addition, one week he says he wants to leave and the next week he doesn’t. However, there is currently no concrete interest in him and therefore no offer from another club. Should there be a proposal, Antwerp hopes for a solid offer. They don’t want to sell Lamkel Zé for an apple and an egg.