Rav van den Berg rejected the chance to join his brother Sepp van den Berg at Liverpool, according to reports. The teenager just signed his first contract with PEC Zwolle.
Dutch outlet De Stentor makes the claim. They say that Liverpool, along with AC Milan, PSV Eindhoven and Ajax, wanted the younger Van den Berg.
Despite such glamourous names, however, the 15-year-old has signed a contract with PEC Zwolle. It’s where he’s developed and his hometown club – as well as being where his brother made his debut.
Sepp van den Berg played 22 Eredivisie games over two seasons before joining Liverpool last summer. The Reds apparently wanted to add his brother to their ranks, too, but couldn’t convince him.
And if this report is anything to go by, it’s no wonder they wanted Rav. He’s apparently seen as the ‘crown jewel’ of PEC Zwolle’s academy, where they believe he might even better than his brother, Sepp.
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Given Sepp’s rapid rise to, first, Eredivisie football and then to Liverpool, that’s quite a claim.
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We obviously haven’t seen Rav van den Berg play but we can still be disappointed he won’t join Liverpool – if he is truly even better than his brother.
But in all honesty, this was the right decision for him. He’s only 15 and as the article says, he can look forward to first-team football in the near-future at PEC Zwolle. He’s already training with their best, after all.
On top of that, he knows that if he’s good enough to move on, he can. His own brother did it and he can follow suit – whether that’s to Liverpool or not.
One thing’s for sure, though. If he does turn out to be a great player, Liverpool have a hell of an ace up their sleeve.