Royal Antwerp respond to Barcelona interest in star billed as Sergio Busquets successor

Royal Antwerp boss Mark van Bommel has joked he will refuse to talk to Barcelona counterpart Xavi about midfielder Arthur Vermeeren for fear of losing the teenage star.

Vermeeren broke into Antwerp’s senior side last season aged 17 and has become increasingly important for the Belgian side as they embark on a first European Cup campaign since getting knocked out by Real Madrid in the first round in 1957/58.

The youngster has won a Belgian league and cup double with his boyhood team already in his fledgling career, as well as this season’s Belgian Super Cup.

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