19-year-old Belgian defender Mathias Bossaerts has left City and returned home to Belgium with K.V. Oostende, the Belgian Pro League club have announced tonight.
Signed from Anderlecht at the age of 16, Bossaerts was one of several much-hyped teenagers recruited from abroad by City in recent years. Having represented Belgium at various youth levels and originating at the same club, he drew comparisons to Vincent Kompany after his switch to the Etihad.
City labelled Bossaerts ‘one of the most promising defensive talents in the academy’, but he did not progress as expected, with a serious injury in 2015 not helping his development. The youngster made a first-team appearance in a summer friendly against Hearts two years ago, but struggled and was subbed off just 27 minutes after coming on in the second half.
With his contract expiring this summer, Bossaerts has decided to return home with the Belgian side. Oostende chairman Marc Coucke posted a teaser on Twitter, before the club formally announced his signing this evening.
Best of luck Mathias!
— Marc Coucke (@CouckeMarc) May 19, 2016
— KV Oostende (@kvoostende) May 19, 2016