Tuesday, 1st October, 2013
FC Groningen CEO Hans Nijland believes that it will not take long before Aston Villa new boy Leandro Bacuna leaves for another club, considering the rate he is improving as a footballer.
Bacuna, 22, swapped the confines of the Euroborg to snap up a chance of playing in the Premier League with Paul Lambert's Aston Villa this summer.
And it appears the Dutch Under-21 international has impressed in his new hunting ground, scoring one goal and having a hand in another in his four league appearances for the Claret and Blues so far.
With the player sharpening his skills at a quickfire rate, Nijland believes it will not be long before the phones of his office ring off the hook again.
"If he continues to develop and play the way he is playing, I really think we can hear my office phones here at the Euroborg ringing again", the Groningen CEO told Sp!ts.
Nijland was referring to Groningen's percentage clause embedded in their transfer contract with Aston Villa, stipulating that if the Premier League outfit decide to sell Bacuna, Nijland's side will earn 20% of the profit.
"That's 20% of the profit. And that is a lot of money in football", the Groningen official added.
Regardless of future transactions, Aston Villa will certainly hope Bacuna continues his development as a footballer and leads them to further success in the Premier League.