How West Ham taster gave Burnley’s new signing an appetite for the Premier League
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The defender featured for Anderlecht against David Moyes’ side home and away during the group stage of the Europa Conference League last season, a tournament the Irons would later go on to win.
The 24-year-old, who has made the move to Turf Moor for an undisclosed fee, signing a three-year contract, admits it was an opportunity he simply had to grasp.
“When we were in the Conference League we knew what teams we were going to play [in the group stage] and I really wanted to play West Ham,” he told Clarets+.
“Of course you want to play every game but this was something I really wanted to do and from there on you know it’s a different category.
“You see the stadium, you see the quality of the players, this is something where I thought if I could ever play in the Premier League it would be like a dream come true.
“It’s really different than in Belgium.”
Delcroix made his Anderlecht debut in 2018 and went on to make 61 appearances for the club, scoring twice.
The centre-back enjoyed a loan spell with Dutch outfit RKC Waalwijk during the 2019/20 campaign, where he made 23 appearances.
Delcroix would later go on to feature for Vincent Kompany at Anderlecht, a spell that he still looks back on with pride and was hugely influential on his decision to join the Clarets.
“When I was there it was very nice to have him as a coach because of course he was a defender before, so I learned a lot from him,” he said.
“For me coming here now, it’s a big opportunity and I can still progress under him. It’s a good choice to come here.
“It’s a different competition, it’s the Premier League and everybody knows it. It’s the best competition in the world at the moment.
“For me, it’s a big opportunity to come here. It’s a great team and it was not difficult for me to come here once I got this option.”