22-year-old Belgian Maxime Lestienne joins PSV on a one-season loan from Al Arabi. PSV have an option of a permanent deal with the forward can who can play at either wing. Lestienne is on his way to France where he will join up with his new PSV team-mates for pre-season training.
Made a move from Mouscron to Club Brugge
Lestienne, born in Kortrijk on 17 June 1992, came through the academy of Belgian side Excelsior Mouscron. When he was sixteen years of age, he joined the senior squad and soon made his debut as a professional player. Mouscron went bankrupt and Lestienne made a move to Club Brugge, where he soon became the darling of the crowd. In four seasons at Club Brugge, Lestienne scored 39 goals in over 150 appearances in all competitions and had dozens of assists to his name. He was very successful during his last two seasons in Belgium, with seventeen goals and thirteen assists in the 2012/13 season and eleven goals and sixteen assist the next season. He finished second in the footballer of the year award in the 2013/14 season behind Thorgan Hazard.
One Serie A season
Lestienne joined Qatari side Al Arabi in the summer of 2014 and was immediately sent out on loan to the Italian club Genoa CFC. He scored one goal in 23 matches for the Serie A number six, after which he returned to Qatar. But not for long now that PSV have now completed the signing of Maxime Lestienne on a one-year loan deal. The Belgian hopes to be wearing the No 16 shirt, like he did with his former clubs.
“PSV is a big club”
PSV´s latest summer signing is looking forward to playing matches at the Philips Stadion. “PSV is a big club. I have a good feeling at the overall attitude to me and I have already spoken to the manager”, said Lestienne, speaking to PSV TV. The winger will play Champions League with PSV this season and the Belgian is really relishing the chance to show his skills on the European stage. “Every kids dreams of playing Champions League football and I intend to enjoy every single minute.”