INTERVIEWS Amir Murillo played a decent game against KV Mechelen and even scored. The Panamanian seems to get better with every match: "The preparation was complicated", it sounds. Murillo spent a long time in Panama during the summer and played with the national team. He was unable to participate in the Gold Cup itself due to Covid-19. "That was extra painful for Amir," said his entourage.
In Panama, he also had little time for his family: "He only had a few days off and barely saw his family and friends."
There were also (brief) transfer rumours. Murillo attracted interest from Italy, Spain, France and Russia after a strong season. A concrete offer was rejected by the Anderlecht board. "The Purple & White judged that now was not the right time for Amir to leave. Maybe something is possible after this season, but Amir likes to stay in Belgium." So Amir returned to Neerpede in July, after his quarantine. As a result, he missed a large part of the preparation and played a number of bad games. "But at such moments you sometimes have to give a player confidence. Amir certainly deserved it," said Vincent Kompany. According to Murillo, things are going in the right direction: "I'm training hard and I feel I'm getting better every day."
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