Chiefs Target Pens EPL Deal
After turning town advances from Kaizer Chiefs, Nikola Tavares has – as predicted by the Siya crew – signed a new contract with Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.
The 20-year-old defender was offered a deal by the Amakhosi as his contract with the Eagles came to an end, while Mamelodi Sundowns also showed an interest, however the player had his heart set on remaining in London with Roy Hodgson’s side.
Having made it onto the bench for the last day of the 2018/19 season against Bournemouth, Tavares has started this pre-season training with the club’s first team, and he will be hoping that 2019/20 is the campaign in which he makes his senior debut in England.
The club confirmed the news on their official website, with a statement saying, “Crystal Palace Development players, Nikola Tavares and David Boateng, have both signed new contracts with the club, each with a season-long deal to remain in south London.
“Both Tavares and Boateng featured regularly for Richard Shaw's Under-23 side last season, with the former competing on 26 occasions and the latter on 22. For Boateng, the deal is his first as a professional, having also been a member of the Under-18s' squad in the previous campaign.”
Tavares was born in South Africa and is a target for the South African Football Association, however he has also represented Croatia at youth level.