Fielies opens door for big-three move

Premiership

Cape Town City defender Taariq Fielies admits he is ready for the next step of his career after establishing himself as one of the best defenders in the DStv Premiership.

Fielies, 28, has developed into one of the finest ball-playing centre-back in the country since being roped in by the Citizens from then second-tier side Milano in July 2017.

The Ajax Cape Town academy graduate took his chance in the top-flight with both hands and has since amassed over 100 games for the club and recently earned call-ups to the Bafana Bafana squad.

His consistent displays haven't gone unnoticed with Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns said to have expressed interest in his services over the past two years, which Fielies welcomes now at the stage of his career.

"I think if I moved overseas I'd probably move to the Middle East, I think that would be an ideal move for me or one of the big three in Johannesburg. I'm at a stage of my career where I'm not getting any younger," Fielies told KickOff.com.

"I have a family now, a few years ago the goal was to establish myself [in the PSL] but now it comes to a time where you need to look after your family as well and you have to make decisions. I am looking to possibly move, but let's wait and see until the end of the season."

With only the MTN8 title to his name over his career, Fielies concedes he holds a burning desire to finish his career with more silverware and not just appearance milestones.

And while City represents one of the most ambitious clubs in South Africa, the lure of the big-three is tempting, while he confirmed previous talks with Orlando Pirates didn't progress after an appendix operation in July 2019.

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"I've established myself over the last few seasons but it's about winning silverware as well so I'm looking forward to doing that, whatever comes," he explained.

"Two seasons ago I was in contact with a few teams but I don't know if you know, I landed in the hospital and I had a major operation of my stomach - things just went quiet after that.

"I had to sit out for a couple of months and then build myself back up again, I slowly came back again and then the offers started coming back in. I don't know what happened to that [Pirates offer] it's between the contactors and the chairman.

"I don't speak to any club's I respect the chairman and I respect the opportunity he gave me so whatever message I get would be 'go speak to the chairman, or go speak to my agent' because I'm not in control of my contract."

When asked about his goals for the future, Fielies reiterated he would just like to become a full international for South Africa and one day represent one of the big three before he calls time on his career.

City face Chiefs next in the league at FNB Stadium on Wednesday after an impressive 3-0 win over SuperSport United at home on Saturday.

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