Middendorp discusses Jan transfer plans


Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp has discussed the club’s plans for the upcoming January transfer window with regards to players coming in our going out.

Chiefs are currently well positioned on the Absa Premiership log, going into the New Year with what will be at least a six-point lead depending on results from this weekend’s final round of fixtures for 2019.

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In just over two weeks, the mid-season transfer window will open to allow clubs to strengthen their arsenal for the second round of fixtures set to commence in the first week of January.

As one of the PSL giants, it would not be unusual to expect some transfer activity at Naturena despite their showing thus far, with a club of their stature expected to regularly compete for the most exciting talent on the market.

However, Middendorp has remained tight-lipped over potential targets and instead issued reassurance of his confidence in the quality at his disposal headed into the second half of the season.

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“I believe it’s an internal discussion that we will have inside Naturena,” said Middendorp.

“What I could say and really want to make very clear from the technical team and management’s side is that we trust our players and our squad that was assembled at the start of the season to make it happen.

“In the moment, I would say we will go into the year 2020 with a very clear indication to work with this assembled squad.”

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As for players such as Siphelele Ntshangase, Lorenzo Gordinho, Joseph Molangoane and others struggling to break into the team this season, the German mentor says the door is open to discussions over their futures but he doesn’t expect any movement next month.

“If a player and an agreement comes into it, it’s not a secret that we have a number of players not being used, so I think it should be discussed individually with the player, club and coaching team as to how far we will continue or what’s better for everybody,” he added.

“At the moment, I don’t see any big transactions in both directions – in or out.”

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