This summer, many Belgian international players returned to the bundesliga. Most of these players are in the late stages of their careers and return home to continue to shine in less competitive leagues and enjoy the last bit of professional football. Among those returning to the first division are three centre-backs and a striker.
Belgium international defender Boyata, who has played for Manchester City, Hertha Berlin and other teams, also returned to the domestic league this summer. He joined Bruges for a transfer fee of €2 million. Boyata has played 31 games for the Belgian national team in 12 years, and he played 2 games at last year's European Championships.
The 35-year-old Wiltongen also ended his long overseas league career, returning to the Belgian league in early September on a free transfer to Anderlecht. The 1987-born centre-back has played more than 130 games for the national team.
Interestingly, although Veltonghen was born in Belgium, he left his homeland at the age of 16. He made his debut and made a name for himself at Ajax. After that, he left his mark on Tottenham and Benfica. He played for the Belgian national team in 2 World Cups and 2 European Championship finals.
Alderweireld also returned to the Belgian league this year, joining Real Antwerp. Unlike Vertonghen, he had previously been mixed into the Qatari league in West Asia. Alderweireld is also a long-time centre-back for the national team, playing more than 120 games for the national team.
Alderweireld's situation is similar, and he has also played in overseas leagues for a long time, almost isolated from the Belgian professional league. Vermalen, who retired earlier than them, didn't even play in the Belgian pro league. Even at the end of his career, he dedicated his last days to the teams in the Japanese league.
Belgium international winger Chadelli, 33, returned to the League on loan from Istanbul in the Turkish Super League, joining Westero. Chadli is of Moroccan descent and even played for the Moroccan national team in his early years. He can play as a left winger, right winger and center forward. The 1989-born buddy has scored eight goals and nine assists in 66 games for the Belgian national team.
Last year's European Championship was a national singing singing of Chadley. He is not as bright as Carrasco, Eden Hazard and others, and has been a substitute for many years in the national team.
Among the international players who returned earlier than these people was Nainggolan, who was born in 1988. The stylistic all-rounder returned to Royal Antwerp last summer. He has a good performance on both offensive and defensive ends. Since the start of the season, he has played 13 games for the club, scoring 3 goals and 1 assist.
His ability is unquestionable, but because of his flamboyant personality, he is not welcome in the national team. Nainggolan played only 30 games for the Belgian national team.
Returning to the bun at the same time as Nainggolan was a midfielder, Bigel. Birger Verstraete. The 28-year-old returned to Real Antwerp from Cologne in the Bundesliga last July for a transfer fee of $2 million. He is currently on loan to Mechelen.
Weistraat played for the Belgian national team in 2018. However, compared with the above players, Weistrat, who plays as a defender, has a low presence in the national team.