Not even 15, he already dominated the headlines in Belgian soccer in January 2023. Despite the curiosity from Manchester City and Ajax Amsterdam, Konstantinos Karetsas determined to go away RSC Anderlecht, whom he joined in the summertime of 2020, and return to his hometown membership, KRC Genk. At that time, the playmaker was the primary expertise that left Anderlecht due to the membership’s sporting and monetary issues.
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“Anderlecht took good care of me and also convinced me to continue there,” Karetsas mentioned in an interview with Het Belang van Limburg. “But Genk’s plan is a better fit for me. The club gives young players a chance, and many academy players make the step to the first team. Of course, Anderlecht were unhappy about my decision but were also understanding. I have listened to the offers of a few clubs, but not all of them. I signed here because I want to prove myself in Genk. My hope was that once I was 16, I could play occasionally with Jong Genk in the Challenger Pro League. But that I would be a starter? That I didn’t expect.”
Indeed, the attacking midfielder began the primary 9 video games of the Belgian second division, setting new information. In his first recreation, the no.10 supplied the help for the winner towards SK Beveren, and on matchday 4 he scored his first purpose towards RSCA Futures in spectacular vogue—that makes Karetsas the youngest participant to help and rating in league historical past. The younger Genk expertise has since added two extra targets. Then, on the finish of November, Karetsas made his debut for Belgium’s U17 on his sixteenth birthday, and Transfermarkt gifted him his first-ever market worth set at €1.5m. Together with Zinho Gano from Zulte Waregem, he’s now essentially the most beneficial second-division participant in Belgium (overview).
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Many followers of the Belgian nationwide crew are hopeful that Karetsas will proceed to characterize the Red Devils, however whether or not that’s the case hasn’t been absolutely determined but. The right-footed midfielder additionally holds a Greek passport. “It is a decision that I haven’t fully committed to yet,” Karetsas mentioned. “The Greek football federation has called me twice and asked this question. During the last international window, I was nominated by both Belgium and Greece. I decided to represent the Belgian U17 team because it would have been more difficult to travel. But I don’t know what the future will bring.”
Nobody doubts that Karetsas could have an excellent skilled profession. His head coach, Jelle Coen, is actually optimistic. “Kos is a player who has the ability to play in small spaces and can play both short and long passes,” Coen mentioned. “He has the potential to make the next step in the coming years. He has a fantastic shot, which he can turn into goals. Kos should have the ability to secure a starting position in Genk’s first team—once that door is opened, it is difficult to say what comes next.”
The capacity to disregard all of the hype and easily stay Kos is without doubt one of the greatest strengths of the highest expertise. “There are many people who all of a sudden want to be friends or friendly to me, which wasn’t always the case prior,” Karetsas mentioned. “But I am relaxed about all that. I just say hello and move on. I am just trying to stay humble and never get nervous. Even when I played my first game for Jong Genk, I didn’t feel nervous; just had a slight tinkle in my stomach that I got before every game because I love playing football. To play against professionals is my biggest dream. The quality and intensity are bigger. It is more fun to play in bigger stadiums in front of more fans. Before every game, I watch highlight reels of my favorite players on YouTube. Mostly Brazilians like Neymar or Ronaldinho. I can learn a lot from them because I am also a creative player. When I train, I try to copy their moves, and when I succeed in training, I try them in games.”
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