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Downs’ Mkhulise Responds To French Club Reports

Since breaking into the Mamelodi Sundowns first team last season, Sphelele Mkhulise’s star continues to rise, becoming one of the influential players in the team’s DStv Premiership title chase.

Against Orlando Pirates at the weekend, the Downs youth product was awarded the Man of the Match accolade after his breathtaking performance helped the Chloorkop outfit to their 3-0 victory in Orlando.

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It has recently been reported in local media that French club AS Monaco has been tracking Mkhulise with the view of possibly bringing him on board in the new campaign.

However, as reported by the Siya crew, both Sundowns and the player’s camp have denied that there has been any contact from the European club.

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In this week’s 1222nd edition of Soccer Laduma, Mkhulise confirms an interest in an overseas move although he claims to have no knowledge about the French club’s interest in his services.

Following the exits of the likes of Percy Tau, Bongani Zungu and Keagan Dolly to clubs abroad after making a name for themselves with the Brazilians, the 25-year-old Pietermaritzburg-born midfielder says it his dream to also further his career overseas. 

“At the moment, I know nothing about that. No one has ever told me anything about it,” said Mkhulise, in answering to a question about AS Monaco interest.

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“I think it is every player’s dream to play overseas. It’s every player’s dream to play abroad and in the national team,” he added. 

Former Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane likened Mkhulise’s rise to the top to that of Tau, after he was also first put on loan by the Brazilians before returning to make a name for himself as one of the best players in the first team, having come through the club’s development ranks.  

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