Bafana Bafana star Percy Tau has responded to the question of how far he is to reaching his dream of playing in the English Premier League.
Tau left Mamelodi Sundowns for Brighton & Hove Albion in 2018 but was sent straight out on loan to Belgium, where he has played for Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, Club Brugge and currently Anderlecht.
Speaking in Durban after his man-of-the-match performance against Sao Tome and Principe on Friday night, Tau responded to questions about talk of him moving back to the Premier League in January.
"I'm not aware, I'm not aware [laughs]. I think I've been doing well, I've been trying my best every time," he said.
"For sure I've been on loan for three years. I think there's been progress in my game. I went to Brugge and won the league so I don't see issues with that.
"I've always said there have been issues that were forcing me out, it was never about talent or belief, so we will have to see when it does happen. But I have to keep on working hard."
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The 26-year-old is leading the pack of South African players who are based overseas such as Bongani Zungu, Kamohelo Mokotjo and Thulani Serero.
Tau emphasised the importance of consistent performances at both club and national team level to inspire other players in the squad to grow and give coach Molefi Ntseki good stress regarding selection.
"It is very important, it also gives hopes to local guys because they also have a chance to grow and also believe they can go overseas as well," he added.
"It gives us confidence and a headache for the coach to choose the starting line-up. It's always good to have players doing well locally and abroad."