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Edgaras Utkus and Boris Popovic in Nice-Matin on their joining Cercle: “A good springboard“

Today the French newspaper Nice-Matin featured a double interview with Cercle players Boris Popovic (21) and Edgaras Utkus (21). The two defenders, who joined from AS Monaco on a permanent basis in the summer, have spoken on the value of playing at Cercle in their development as professional football players in the French press: “everything is in place to become a better player.”

In the full-page article with journalist Leandra Iacono, Edgaras Utkus and Boris Popovic look back with great satisfaction about their choice to join Cercle permanently: “In May last year we were given a presentation in Monaco from the technical staff of Cercle. A few training sessions later, we were started our preparations for a new season in Bruges," said Popovic. “In the end we were also able to adapt quickly, because on the one hand because we were given the necessary time and space to do as much, but also because we played a lot of friendly matches,” adds Utkus.

The duo also speaks out about the level of the Jupiler Pro League. Popovic: “Honestly, it's really great here. I know that many AS Monaco youth players don't like to leave, not even on loan. When we talk to them about Bruges, they ask us how it is here and whether the level is good enough. I then tell them to go for it. The first division in Belgium is a really high level with great teams and very good players.” Edgaras Utkus: “Everything is in place there to become a better footballer. It is a tough and competitive league with many teams playing football with a very direct style.”

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Not only did French newspaper Nice-Matin pay attention to Cercle, the French sports news site Foot Mercato also recently published an extensive article about Cercle, highlighting the team's impressive run of taking 24 points from 30. In an interview with technical director Carlos Aviña, the success story of Popovic and Utkus was also discussed. Read the full article here.

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