Maarten, January is the month of good intentions. What is your most fervent wish?
With that you have the words title in Cup nicely bypassed. I saw on Instagram that you spent the end of the year in London. The football Valhalla.
Was it necessary to clear your head after that defeat in Kortrijk?
The start in 2023 is immediately tough. Club Bruges and Antwerp. But I don’t think you’re losing sleep over it. Ice rabbit Vandevoordt?
That attitude is in line with the text of one of your tattoos: I exist as I am and that’s enough. You are imperturbable. Not a superfluous luxury for a keeper. The most ungrateful position on the field.
So, despite your imperturbable attitude, you still take good advice from others?
Have you recently had a tattoo done?
In time, Vandevoordt will also turn into a coloring book? Nainggolan and Ederson?
“I recently started taking German lessons. If I move to Leipzig, I don’t want to be speechless.”
We already said it: imperturbable. So aren’t you busy with the points you get in the media?
Those points are going crescendo this season. No coincidence. You’ve taken steps.
They will be happy to see it in Leipzig. Do you often have contact with people from the club you are going to in the summer of 2024?
In English, I assume.
Do you also follow Leipzig’s performance?
We talked about points in the media. What about clean sheets? Does that interest you?”
Are there any other rituals?
You now have five clean sheets, your neighbor Mignolet six. You can level up.
You are a born Truienaar. You still live there, with your girlfriend. Yet you are not a Haspengouwer by nature, I believe. You don’t wear your heart on your sleeve.
Can you walk down the street in Sint-Truiden undisturbed? You are the enemy.
You don’t seek the public eye. Except maybe when it comes to clothing. You do have a special, youthful, casual style. Sloppy, roomy.
On Sunday you will be face to face with your former neighbor Simon Mignolet. Would you sign up for a career like his now?
Like a World Cup with the Red Devils. Jealous of Bilal (El Khannouss, ed.)?