RB Leipzig announced on Tuesday that they had signed Belgian goalkeeper Maarten Vandevoordt to a five-year deal starting in 2024.
The 20-year-old will join the Bundesliga club in two years and will compete with Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, 31, whose contract with Leipzig ends in 2025.
“(This) enables us to acquire a top transfer for the future at an early stage,” Leipzig technical director Christopher Vivell remarked, calling Vandervoordt a “great possibility.”
Vandevoordt is the Champions League’s youngest goalkeeper, having made his debut in 2019 at the age of 17 years, 287 days.
He is now Genk’s first-choice goalkeeper and a member of Belgium’s Under-21 team.
“I’m really excited about my future move to RB Leipzig,” Vandervoordt, who has appeared in 71 games for Genk, stated.
“At this club, Peter Gulacsi has turned into one of the top goalkeepers in Europe.” That’s the path I’d want to pursue as well.
“Right now, I want to keep getting match practice in Genk so that I can take the next step in Leipzig.”