Interest in Anfernee Dijksteel is yet another endorsement of the Addicks coaching staff according to manager Lee Bowyer.

The right back has been courting the attention of a number of Championship sides this summer despite Charlton owner, Roland Duchatelet, going on record saying he’s not for sale.

The 22-year-old was on the periphery of the team at the start of last season, but seemingly won the tussle with Chris Solly for the right-back jersey culminating in a start in the play-off win at Wembley in May.

With just a year left on his current contract, Charlton have rejected two bids for the Dutchman as they prepare for their season opener at Blackburn on Saturday.

“He's another young lad that’s only had one full season last season and now, all of a sudden, clubs are interested,” Bowyer said.

"Middlesbrough came in, the owner said he’s not for sale, we’ve spoken to the owner and explained the situation,

“Middlesbrough’s come in again and Bristol City are interested as well.

“It shows the work we are doing here behind the scenes is good.”


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Dijksteel is another Youth Academy product that has made the step up to the current first team.

Dillon Phillips, Albie Morgan and George Lapslie all graduated into Bowyer’s plans last season and Dijksteel has seemingly kicked on.

Bowyer, praised his staff as he gave evidence of the development he and his team are capable of as he pointed to the work they did with last season’s loan signings Krystian Bielik and Josh Cullen.

“Krystian may be going to Derby for £10million, this time las year what was he worth?”

“Josh is now in and around West Ham’s first team and they’re keeping him.

“Joe Aribo has gone and playing in Scotland.

“Karlan (Grant) went to Huddersfield.

“All these young lads have come here and developed but are now blossoming somewhere else.

“It’s good to see these young players come and develop, but it hurts us at the same time when they leave, we have to keep juggling and rebuild.

“Then the West Ham’s and the Arsenal’s see what we do with their kids when they loan them to us and so we can build that relationship with them for the future.”

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One Academy graduate who had a memorable season last campaign was goalkeeper Phillips.

A gaffe at Wembley may overshadow what was a superb promotion winning season for the 24-year-old, but Bowyer is aware of his qualities.

Goalkeeper and former Addick Ben Amos returned to the club this summer to challenge Phillips for the number one jersey, and as yet, the battle is still very much on according to Bowyer.

“I haven’t decided yet, I haven’t spoken to them.

“But I know I have got two good ones.

“Battling it out there everyday.

“One day I lean to one, the next I lean to another, but as it stands I haven’t decided.”


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