MAMELODI Sundowns’s communications director Thulani Thuswa says there are no European clubs that have officially declared their interest in having the services of midfield dynamo Khama Billiat.
This is contrary to Soccer Laduma’s story last week that Billiat had attracted the interest of two French Ligue 1 outfits.
The publication reported that, according to its sources, the former Ajax Cape Town man could be heading to Europe soon, with both Lille OSC and AS Monaco FC said to be tracking his progress.
“No European clubs have officially declared their interest on Khama Billiat. We have also been reading that in the newspapers but we are yet to get official letters,” said Thuswa in a telephone interview from his base in Pretoria.
Asked if they would be at liberty to release Billiat if European clubs do happen to court them Thuswa said: “It will all depend on our technical team. Management will stand guided.”
Last year, in February, Soccer Laduma revealed that Lille was keen on the player and that the club sent a scout, Christophe Jeannot, to South Africa to monitor him.
A Laduma source was quoted saying Lille OSC and AS Monaco FC had previously sent scouts to watch Billiat in action and he could follow teammate, Bongani Zungu to Europe, after ‘Ben 10’ agreed to join Portuguese side, Vitoria de Guimaraes at the end of the current season, amid interest from teams in Belgium, England and Germany.
“It seems the interest is a lot higher compared to the first time Lille were interested in him. Now there are actually two teams interested and it will all depend on which one really wants to sign him,” a Soccer Laduma source was quoted as saying.
Billiat, who is one of the three “CBD” (Castro, Billiat and Dolly) members, has been in outstanding form for Masandawana, having netted eight goals and contributing eight assists in Sundowns’ league games thus far this season.
“It will be difficult for Sundowns to lose two key players in a short space of time after already losing Zungu, but let’s wait and see,” the source concluded.
Reasons why Billiat could go at the end of Absa Premiership season, Here is why:
A Move Abroad Is Deserved
Billiat has been knocking on the door for a move overseas for a couple of seasons, but it now seems 2016 could be the year he realises his dream. Currently at the peak of his powers, he has caught the attention of scouts around the globe.
He’s At The Right Age
At 25 years old, the 1,7m striker is at the right age to make a move to Europe or elsewhere. Moving now could see him spend at least four good years plying his trade in a top league, and he is also at an age at which his game can still improve — something most European clubs look for.
He Has The Technical Skill For A Bigger League
With a great first touch and silky skills that leave many of Mzansi’s stars envious, the Zimbabwean’s technical qualities are something that cannot be denied. He is playing at European standards, which is why he could be making the move sooner rather than later.
It’s Now Or Never
Billiat previously went to Amsterdam to train with Ajax, but he was still young then. Given his age, his current form and other factors, it seems it is now or never for the former Ajax Cape Town man to move overseas. Sometimes, if someone stays too long in South Africa, they end up not taking the opportunities they should, and that is exactly what he doesn’t want.