Phiri confirms interest from four clubs

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EA Guingamp captain Lebogang Phiri has revealed the four clubs that are interested in his services after another excellent campaign in France.

The 25-year-old midfielder joined EAG on a four-year deal in May 2017 after earning a cult-hero status in the Danish Superliga with giants Brondby over five seasons.

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Having left South Africa for Denmark as an 18-year-old from the Bidvest Wits academy, Phiri is one of the unique players who bypassed the Absa Premiership for a career in Europe.

And after featuring 81 times for the French outfit over the past three seasons, the club captain confirmed there's been transfer interest but won't push to the club to release him - despite not earning promotion to Ligue 1.

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The seven-time capped Bafana Bafana midfielder remained at the club upon their relegation after the 2018/19 season and was rewarded with a leadership role after committing to help them return to the top-flight.

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"When I signed that four-year contract, I told myself I'll be dedicated for the next four years to this team and make sure they get the best of me and doing so I can improve myself," he told Carol Tshabalala on an Instagram Live.

With one year remaining on his contract, Phiri, who had moves fall through in previous transfer windows concedes the mutual respect with the club has been the biggest factor for his loyalty.

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"I've had Strasbourg, Trabzonspor, I had Brest recently, Nimes were interested," Phiri revealed. "But I'm not one to fight over club's coming to me because I've pushed and done so much for you but on the other hand I've received a lot too.

"So I'm going to respect you if you respect me but if that doesn't happen [anymore] that's when I will consider moving. Until then I feel Guimgamp have done an exceptional job grooming Lebogang Phiri to who he is today.

"I appreciate that and respect it, but with a year left I need to discuss my future in the board room [soon]."

Phiri went on to reveal that he'd like to return to the French top-flight but has a burning desire to fulfil his dream of playing in LaLiga if the offer presents itself.

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