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.