Charlton may lose players to Standard Liege


Championship club Charlton Athletic may face the possibility of its key names being sold to Belgian outfit Standard Liege, according to new owner Roland Duchatelet.

Duchatelet owns both Charlton and Standard Liege, along with Alcorcan in Spain, Carl Zeiss Jena in Germany and formerly K.Sint-Truidense in his native Belgium. His son owns Ujpest in Hungary.

Since arriving in January, four players have swapped life in Liege for a part time stay in South London with Yohann Thuram-Ulien, Anil Koc and Astrit Ajdarevic joining on loan and Reza Ghoochannejhad signing permanently. Loic Nego also signed from fellow Duchatelet family owned club Ujpest. He too has spent time at Standard on loan.

Standard Liege are currently pushing for a Champions League spot and Duchatelet has refused to rule out Charlton’s star players being sold to play Champions League football.

The Belgian Giants have produced stars such as Christian Benteke, Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas through its impressive youth academy in recent years.

Duchatelet seems to have a hierarchy of his preferred clubs with Liege top of the tree, closely followed by Charlton, however this could change if the Addicks ever reach the Premier League again.

Liege would receive £8 million for Champions League qualification while Charlton would earn around £120 million should they earn promotion back to England’s top flight.


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