Papic: Transfer talk affecting Eagles

Premiership

Despite providing strong competition for runaway leaders Thanda Royal Zulu for the better part of the National First Division season, Eagles have fallen down to fourth in the standings after winning just one of their last five in the league.

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Star players like Raymond Monama and the league’s top goalscorer Seldwyn George have been linked with Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs respectively, and the coach suspects minds may be wandering after talk of big-money moves.

"Of course they [players] might be disturbed [by transfer talk],” Papic tells KickOff.com.

"But I don't understand how if I have to be honest with you. As a player, you must be professional in your club because if you are not performing here you are not going to perform anywhere.

“You must first perform here otherwise how are you going to perform in the big clubs? It doesn't matter whether it's Chiefs, Orlando or Sundowns."

Papic says despite the current string of poor results, his team are still confident of gaining promotion to the Absa Premiership this season.

"We still believe. Why not? Yes, the bad results in the last three matches have taken us out of those [promotion] ambitions a little, but we still believe it's possible. It's not over until it's over. Of course, we still need consistency in our players because we are not consistent in our game."

Eagles’ next league match will be against ninth-placed University of Pretoria at Tuks Stadium on Saturday at 15h00.

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