Winger Tahith Chong insists he has not given much thought to his Manchester United future during a couple of loan spells this season.
Chong, 21, spent the first half of the season on loan with German club Werder Bremen. But that was cut short in January, with the youngster having made just four league starts for Die Werderaner. With no prospect of senior football at Old Trafford, the decision was taken to find him a new temporary home. And that came in Belgium, with Chong penning a six-month loan deal with Club Brugge.
Things have gone well at Jan Breydel Stadium. He made his debut in a cup game and scored, helping his new team thrash Olsa Brakel 6-1.
The Netherlands Under-21 ace has made six Jupiler Pro League appearances to date and assisted four goals. Talk has already turned to the possibility of extending his stay in Brugge.
Any such move would need to be a permanent deal as his United contract expires in the summer of 2022. Therefore a loan option is not viable as it would mean he could leave for nothing next year.
There will be some big decisions to be made this summer. But the starlet is happy to let his feet do the talking at present.
“I look at it step by step,” he told De Kraant van West-Vlaanderen (via Sport Witness). “If I start thinking about where I want to be next year, I wouldn’t be focused on Anderlecht next Sunday.
“I can only do my utmost. And enjoy the game. I always try to play football with a smile.”
Chong does not see Man Utd future
Chong appears to be enjoying himself in his current surroundings and has blossomed on the pitch.
Last month he said: “I like Belgium, it is a bit the same as the Netherlands. Something that is in my head: that by staying here maybe a little more stability can come.”
Red Devils fans have yet to witness his talent as he has played just 70 minutes of league football for United. And it may be that he never again gets the chance to run out at the Theatre of Dreams.
“My focus is now on the two remaining matches and the play-offs,” he continued. “You will have to prove yourself there anyway.
“(If I could choose) then I would go home and discuss it with my mum and dad. Then I’ll listen to the pluses and minuses. Then we’ll work it out as a family.”