Inter-owned FC Eindhoven midfielder Tibo Persyn feels that his time with the Nerazzurri has not gone according to plan, but that he is happy with the direction of his career in the Netherlands.

Speaking to Dutch news outlet VoetbalZone, via FCInterNews, Persyn gave his thoughts on the progression of his career since he joined the Nerazzurri’s youth ranks from that of Club Brugge in 2018.

Persyn joined Inter’s youth academy from Brugge in 2018, but the timing was in some ways unfortunate, as the period when he should have been coming into his own was seriously disrupted by the international COVID pandemic.

The Belgian accordingly struggled to make the kind of impression that he and Inter had hoped for with the Nerazzurri’s Primavera team, and then loan spells followed.

Now, Persyn is on loan with Eerste Divisie team FC Eindhoven, who have the option to make the loan move permanent, and for his part the player feels that things have taken a positive turn after his struggles at Inter.

The midfielder looked back, “I was training with the first team, but then I tested positive for COVID, which affected me for around 35-40 days.”

“In Italy it was mandatory to stay in my room at home, I couldn’t go out.”

“Once I finally got back out on the pitch, I immediately tore my hamstring,” Persyn recalled, “so I was out for another two or three months.”

“Then the season was almost over at that point.”

“When you’re in your final season to prove yourself with the first team, having something like that happen is terrible,” he noted.

“Then I was loaned to Club Brugge, which is where I came through the academy. ”

“It was nice to go back back to my old stomping grounds, but in hindsight it might not have been the best decision I could have made,” Persyn noted.

“I actually went back to the club to get more playing time, but then when you look at the squad that they had at the time, it was always going to be tough to get into the regular starting eleven.”

“Maybe I didn’t put enough thought into it, and then the decision was made too hastily,” the midfielder said of his move to Brugge.

“It was a real shame that I had so little playing time, I honestly don’t know why that happened.”

“I know I can do more and I wanted to show the world what I can do, it’s just a shame that I wasn’t able to do so back at Brugge,” he added.

Of his loan move to Eindhoven, Persyn said that “The choice to move to FC Eindhoven was made within a day or two, and I think it was a really good decision.”

“Sometimes you have to take one step back in order to take two steps forward,” he said of playing in the second division.

“The team and the staff at FC EIndhoven are all first-rate, and this has made everything easier.”