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SA-Born Defender Completes R340m German Switch

South African-born Defender, Panagiotis Retsos, Has Joined Bayer Leverkusen

By Soccer Laduma - Aug 31, 2017 12:27 PM

South African-born defender, Panagiotis Retsos, has completed a move to Bayern Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga.

The 19-year-old defender has long been linked with a move away from Olympiacos after impressing despite his young age, and it has today been confirmed that he has joined the German outfit.

While Leverkusen has not yet confirmed the transfer fee, it is being reported that it is in the region of around €22m (R340m). 

Bafana head coach, Stuart Baxter, had been hoping to persuade the player to turn out for South Africa on the international stage, however that chance seems to be gone after he was called up to the Greek national team recently and could make his debut next month.

He is now the most expensive South African-born player of all time.

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Vhivha Joined: 25 Jul 2016
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Vhivha Sep 04, 2017 09:57 AM
Gordon Ingesund would have identified this boy long ago, GI was the best BB scout ever, unlike Baxter who is clueless regarding building a strong BB team, he has just became an instant celebrity who is taking the Mzantsi soccer backwards. Currently under Baxter BB has struggled to cross a small CHAN river, how are we going to cross the OCEAN to Russia World Cup Tournament?
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sera Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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sera Sep 01, 2017 11:33 AM
Jah he choose to play for Greeece and he made a good decision
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mphomm12 Joined: 06 Feb 2014
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mphomm12 Sep 01, 2017 09:00 AM
He will play for greece
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mkhokhy Joined: 15 Aug 2017
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mkhokhy Sep 01, 2017 08:11 AM
Thats player its the best in Greece not SA plz Editor engabe usitshena Ngo Bongani Zungu And Manyama kt there's more expensive in SA
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Kgandashisa the King Joined: 23 Jul 2017
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Kgandashisa the King Aug 31, 2017 05:59 PM
He rather join the Greeks than to waste his talent with bafumble bafumble
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mabasajay Aug 31, 2017 03:05 PM
he is playing for Greece national team though
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THE NK Aug 31, 2017 03:05 PM
Yohhhhh wow and nice.
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NoelMoshia Aug 31, 2017 02:40 PM
congrats to the boy
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millonaire Joined: 27 Jul 2011
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millonaire Aug 31, 2017 02:30 PM
@Mtwesi . We are just looking for 39m for Billiat, is that too much to ask?
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nkosieUN Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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nkosieUN Aug 31, 2017 02:29 PM
@Mtwesi very true man , he is not one of us
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ZunguSox Aug 31, 2017 02:28 PM
Aii mannnn yabona Cowditor! Don't count this player as the most expensive SA-born player since he know nothing about SA nx, he grew up in Greece not here so just accept that he don't belong to us
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kingoftearz Aug 31, 2017 01:47 PM
at 19 but playing for q promising team
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Mlungisi Zondo Joined: 21 Jan 2015
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Mlungisi Zondo Aug 31, 2017 01:46 PM
I read some people calling him a cow recently when it emerged that Sir Baxter was talking to him with the intention of trying to lure him to Bafana.
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Mtwesi Joined: 17 Aug 2016
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Mtwesi Aug 31, 2017 01:46 PM
Greece player signed with R340 million
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boboh Joined: 13 Aug 2017
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boboh Aug 31, 2017 01:42 PM
@lwandle91 you are absolutely correct my man, asive sikwaziswa ukubandlululwa kodwa thina kanti yithi abakhulu. He must carry on playing for Greece.
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@McCoora Aug 31, 2017 01:41 PM
So stop reporting about him he doesn't belong to us
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Myaka weliPhefeni Aug 31, 2017 01:29 PM
Mxm dont count him in SA most expensive players bcz he choose Greece of South Africa means his not a south african
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Jamib Joined: 17 Aug 2015
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Jamib Aug 31, 2017 01:21 PM
South Africa is too slow. They should have done that a bit earlier to tie him down..
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lwandle91 Aug 31, 2017 01:19 PM
It's really confusing me lendaba yokuba in SA we don't give a damn about white players n we even have less white people playing at psl but when they go overseas to further their careers n when they they play to big teams than our beloved black players who failed even to impress on small leagues in Europe, we start to say South African player but before you cared less about them n you find that they don't even have caps from bafana juniours bt now you want the guy to come n play for bafana... Screw you editor n SUFFER... That guy must go n play for Greeks.
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bucshooligan 1 Aug 31, 2017 01:15 PM
Dont we have scouts in this country who monitors such things? This shows how poor our football is

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