Manuel Benson signed a four-year contract with an option for two more years with Antwerp FC. Formed at JMG academy in Lierse, Benson was recruited by Genk in 2017. The winger was loaned last season to Mouscron, where he has illustrated himself with 6 goals and 9 assists in 28 games including season and cup games
The Royal Antwerp Football Club had to open their wallet for Manuel Benson. Big names have already landed at Bosuil, but many were free. For Benson, the Antwerp leaders paid three million euros in transfer fees. He must become the creative winger László Bölöni wanted. “Taking into account the amount of transfer, it gives me a good feeling, I feel the confidence of the club. “It makes me even more motivated to give myself 100% every day,” explained the former Mouscron player.
“At first I was convinced that Genk was a good club for me, but afterwards I did not always have the same feeling. Considering the minutes of play that I was given, I did not feel as much wanted. “After a good preparation, he was no longer used by Felice Mazzù. It does not seem to have bothered him: “You must always think about moving forward. Given the situation, I think I’m taking a step forward coming here. “
Champions League. And he feels no regret leaving the Luminus Arena: “In my situation, it was better to go to Antwerp. Certainly I will miss the Champions League. But here with Antwerp , I have more certainty about my playing time. This change of air still allows me to play in a top level club . Yes, for me Antwerp is a top team. What I saw when I arrived here, I have not seen as much elsewhere. If you see the evolution of the recent years, it is something that I have not seen often in Belgium. Antwerp is definitely a leading club for me. ”
“That I am the highest transfer fee record of the club, it feels good. The club’s trust is there and these things give you more meaning and motivation. It’s great if the club went all the way to get me, but it does not create any pressure. This only means that it is my duty to give 100% of myself and on the field every day to prove that I am worth this investment and the confidence my employers have in me. What position would I play, I do not know, but certainly not keeper, that’s for sure. (laughs) Surely on the flanks where I always played and preferably on the right side. This remains my favorite place. “