Xulu: 'Booth helped me make up my mind'


The 20-year-old finally completed his protracted move from Mamelodi Sundowns to Russia last week, and says he feels comfortable and confident in his new surroundings.

"I am happy to have joined Rostov from Mamelodi Sundowns. I think this is a big step forward in my career, which is only just beginning," he told his new club's career.

Xulu admits he had a long discussion with another former Rostov player, Matthew Booth, once a teammate of his at Sundowns and a man who he calls his idol in football.

"I had a long conversation with Booth, weighed up all the pros and cons. He's a good friend, and I finally took his advice and decided to embrace my future in Russia," Xulu says.

He adds that he is enjoying training under his Montenegrin manager Miodrag Božović.

"I like the working under him. His training sessions are very good, quite intense. As a man, Miodrag is very likable. I will try every day to improve my game under him and be useful to Rostov."

Rostov have recorded just one win from their opening seven games of the season and currently sit one place above the relegation zone in the 16-team League.