Jonathan Blondel puts an end to his career
Jonathan Blondel puts an end to his career. Blondel (30) has been playing for Club Brugge since 2004 before having played for Ploegsteert, Excelsior Mouscron and Tottenham Hotspur. The midfielder played 266 games for The Blues.
Jonathan Blondel has taken the difficult decission to put an immediate end to his career following multiple injuries.
Blondel made his professional debut for Excelsior Mouscron in the Belgian first division at the age of seventeen. The talented midfielder was given his chance by coach Hugo Broos and scored in the lost 2002 Cup final against Club Brugge (3-1). The talented midfielder made his debut for the Belgian national team a few months later and signed for Premier League top side Tottenham Hotspur.
In January 2004 Club Brugge signed Blondel. The left footer was immediately dropped in Club's starting eleven and has become the longst serving player at Club. His unwavering commitment and fighting spirit made him very popular with the fans. With Blondel's goodbye, Club Brugge lose their figure head.
Blondel: "I've been injured for quite a while now and it's not looking very good. After long consideration I made the decission to put an end to my professional career. I'm very thankful for all the medical support the previous years."
"The past ten years were wonderful. It's with a heavy heart that I had to take this decission but I am left with a positive feeling. Club wanted to postpone my decission but I felt that it's over for me. I experienced many wonderful moments where lots of football players can only dream about. Ten years with a top team, an adventure in the Premier League and playing for my country... I had a good career."
"It's possible that I will be around in the world of football, but for now I want to enjoy the company of my family and friends."
Vincent Mannaert: "It goes without saying that this is very unfortunate. Jonathan was a player who embodied Club Brugge. With his uncomprimising commitment on the pitch he was always the first to lead the team into battle. He never felt too good to work hard for the team, but above all he was a very good player. Moreover, as a person, he was always straightforward and that's not so natural in football as it seems."
"We're very thankful for his unbelievable drive and commitment with Club Brugge. In these modern days it's quite extraordinary for a player to stay ten years with the same club. It's only fair to say that Blondel is a true Club Brugge player.
Michel Preud'homme: "Unfortunately I have only known Joe Blondel as an opponent. He was a player who always gave 100 percent and everyone knows I like that kind of players. The past year and a half I spoke with Jonathan during his recovery and I knew it was a mental challenge for him. That's why we can only respect his decission. It characterizes Joe that the early determination of his contract happend in a proper manner."
Timmy Simons: "Jonathan was an excellent teammate: friendly off the pitch and a pitbull once the game had started. There's no better way to describe him. He was the prototype of a winner. It's very unfortunate that he has to end his career already, but I'm sure Jonathan has the mental strenght to close this chapter of his life and to be able to look back to his career with a smile."
Just before Friday's match Jonathan Blondel will thank the fans for their ungoing support the past ten seasons.