A top flight footballer has revealed he is leaving Belgium – as he fears for the safety of his family after the Brussels terror attacks.
Anderlecht, Belgium’s biggest and most successful football club are based in Brussels and striker Matias Suarez has already stated his desire to quit the club in the wake of the bombings.
The Argentine forward, who was once a target of Premier League clubs including Arsenal, also revealed that Belgium is a different place since the attacks on Paris in November:
“It’s nothing to do with the country, which is incredible,” he said.
“I love Belgium and the people here. But I’ve talked to my agent and my wife already and for the safety of the family we’ve decided to leave in June.”
“After everything that happened in Paris, people have changed completely here.
“In the streets and shopping centres you don’t see many people. People basically don’t leave their homes because of this fear.
“In Brussels we have a neighbourhood where lots of jihadists live and lots of people who are involved in these awful things and, unfortunately, talking to my wife and my friends we knew something like this was going to happen.”
The 27-year-old also told the story of how he heard of the explosions at Brussels Airport and on the Metro, and how he instinctively tried to find his young child.
“I wasn’t at home, I was on the way to training in the morning and listening to the radio when I found out.
“I was very scared. I tried ringing to find out if my daughter was okay and if I had to go and get her.
“It’s scary, more than anything for the family.
“That is why we will leave.”