City slap R15m price-tag on midfielder

Cape Town City FC chairman John Comitis has ruled out the possibility of selling their star midfielder to any local clubs as he plans to return overseas.

In January, Ayanda Patosi left the Citizens for Iranian outfit Esteghlal FC on a reported R5 million loan-deal, for the remainder of the 2018/19 campaign.

Following the expiry of his loan stint at Esteghlal, Patosi has returned to Cape Town after the Iranians opted against exercising their purchase option.

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Comitis has since confirmed to this website that the club is aiming at raking in $1-million – I in the region of R15 million) for the talented 26-year-old attacker.

“I have one offer that I'm considering from a club in the Middle East, and there's another two clubs that have sent us proposals but we’re waiting to see,” Comitis tells KickOff.com.

“Patosi still wants to play overseas. We have to work on it. If all fails, he’s still got two years with us and we'd love to have him.

“I think he would make a big different to our team, but at this stage we are working closely to assist him to stay overseas.”

Asked if there have been any offers for Patosi’s services from local Absa Premiership clubs, Comitis responded: "No. We’re not even considering anything local; he's not interested.

“In this team, when we scout players, our first priority is to promote them to overseas, you know. This one [Patosi deal] will be $1-million-plus."

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Comitis, meanwhile, also revealed that former City media officer Julian Bailey has returned to the club from Bidvest Wits to replace Vusi Ntimane, who has since joined National First Division side TS Sporting as Team Manager.

"We have re-employed Julian Bailey – the one from Wits is back. He’s happy to be back at home,” says the former Ajax Cape Town boss.

“It happened in the last two days ­– he contacted us, he wanted to return to Cape Town and he's happy here.

“I think he realised this is the club, you know. If you want to be in the media space this is the club where it's happening, you know. He is the official media person."

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