Jonathan De Bie, who left Tottenham Hotspur on transfer deadline day, has admitted that the four and a half years he spent at the club were like being at Disneyland.
De Bie rose through the academy ranks after arriving at Spurs in 2016 but he failed to make a first-team appearance during his time in North London.
The goalkeeper captained the club’s Under-18s during the 2017/18 season and was also part of Tottenham’s pre-season trip to Asia in 2019.
The 20-year-old completed a move back to his native country on deadline day as he signed for RWD Molenbeek, who play in the Belgian First Division B, the second tier of Belgian football.
The youngster insisted that the experiences he had at Tottenham will serve him well for the remainder of his career.
De Bie told L’Avenir: “It was like Disneyland. I arrived over there as a 16-year-old. I was around amazing people, great infrastructures, great professionalism.
“Everything is in place for our future. I’ve only got positives. To be able to train at one of the biggest teams in the world, with great players.”
The goalkeeper also revealed that the first-team stars at Spurs were very helpful and admitted that he enjoyed training with club captain Hugo Lloris.
When asked about the superstars he trained with, De Bie responded: “They’re all exemplary, they help and advise the youngsters a lot. They’ve gone through this too, so the relationship was really healthy.
“It was great to train with Hugo Lloris, because he encouraged me a lot!”
Spurs Web Opinion
De Bie made the right call to drop down to the Belgium second division as the most important thing at his age is to play regular football. Hopefully, he can impress at Molenbeek and get a move to a bigger club in the coming years.
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