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Ritchie set for Prague exit?

Posted: 19 June 2014 Time: 09:11

Keegan Ritchie’s brief stay at Slavia Prague looks to be coming to an end after the club’s sporting director said he would ‘probably’ not be at the club next season.

It follows the hiring of new coach Miroslav Beránek and a cleaning out of playing staff at the cash-strapped club. 

Media are reporting in the Czech Republic that the former Kaizer Chiefs left-back has already been given the boot, but Slavia sporting director Karol Kisel on Tuesday gave him some hope. 

“Keegan Ritchie will probably leave, but it is not yet definite,” he was quoted as saying.

What is clear is that Ritchie was missing from training when the club returned for their pre-season this week.

KickOff.com understands that Ritchie has not been handed his clearance yet and should he leave Slavia, will be seeking to stay in Europe with a number of options already being considered. 

It would be a sad end for the 23-year-old, who only joined the club in January and after initially failing to make the first team, found a regular spot under former coach and ally Alex Pastoor, who has since left to act as assistant coach under Marco van Basten at AZ Alkmaar in his native Netherlands.

But an injury to Ritchie in early April meant he missed the remainder of the season as Slavia survived relegation only on the final day.

Ritchie joined Chiefs in 2011 from Moroka Swallows but did not kick-on at Naturena as he might have hoped. He was a surprise transfer to Slavia in January this year, but that adventure looks to be coming to a premature end despite him signing a four-and-a-half year contract.

Livefyre comments on this story...

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-06-19 07:23:58

We always sell players overseas, while the likes of Segolela and Manyisa forever attract European teams

Football Lover from Bucs
posted: 2014-06-19 07:26:54

Nas Escobar Merrick and your point being? Cause they still fail oversees

Rocka
posted: 2014-06-19 07:28:37

Nas Escobar Merrick u love Socks & Ace ne, d article is about Ritchie but u thot u shud mentioned them, well I suggest u phone Bobby maybe he might just tabulate an offer for them

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-06-19 07:29:26

Football Lover from Bucs 

No man we never sell any player to OVERSEES

Beerginner
posted: 2014-06-19 07:29:37

Cow. One season in Europe and they already giving you the boot

TshonoM
posted: 2014-06-19 07:29:48

Football Lover from Bucs Nas Escobar Merrick  Oh! And they come back. The whole lot just returns.

Veza'ndlebe (Misunderstood Blogger)
posted: 2014-06-19 07:30:26

Wish angabuya adlale icentral midfield

FrankT
posted: 2014-06-19 07:31:48

Not even half a season , joined in January and get the boot in mid June

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-06-19 07:32:24

TsonoM 

They always come back and you always benefit from them when they come back.... Nomvethe, Mbesuma, VV

FrankT
posted: 2014-06-19 07:34:02

Much better to attract interest than forever going to Europe for trials with third tier teams and still fail to impress

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-06-19 07:34:31

Erasmus is a reject. That's a fact

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-06-19 07:34:57

FrankT You mean Erasmus?

FrankT
posted: 2014-06-19 07:37:32

Are u suffering from amnesia

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-06-19 07:39:44

They said Manyisa is going to Egypt and that disappeared in the air

They said Manyisa is going to Russia and that disappeared in the air

Last season they said Segolela attracted many European teams and that disappeared in the air

They said Matlaba is being scouted by Germany teams and that disappeared in the air 

Bazuka Top Dog
posted: 2014-06-19 07:41:20

Nas Escobar Merrick 

Who said all those?

Bazuka Top Dog
posted: 2014-06-19 07:42:05

Beerginner 

It is not even a season... 4 months.

Pepino
posted: 2014-06-19 07:42:50

We prefer them matured, ought is why most of the Spiritual Supporters will call our team an Institute instead of a soccer team.

KING75 OF SA FOOTBALL
posted: 2014-06-19 07:43:06

Nas Escobar Merrick spot on Nas and they are still shining boots of Legwathi at Mayfair

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-06-19 07:43:16

Bazuka Nas Escobar Merrick Kanene ungubani wena?

Pepino
posted: 2014-06-19 07:43:55

Good question. Some fools comments for the sake of commenting.

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