Free State Stars coach Luc Eymael says he is looking forward to work with his team after returning to the club from holiday.
The Belgian manager rubbished talks that he is going to leave the club and take up a coaching job elsewhere.
Just after winning the Nedbank Cup trophy at the end of the 2017/18 Premier Soccer League (PSL), the coach indicated that he would welcome the opportunity to coach Kaizer Chiefs, should Amakhosi table an offer.
As things stand, it looks like the Soweto giants are shifting their goalposts and Eymael is staying put in Bethlehem for another season.
According to reports, the former Polokwane City manager arrived in the country on Thursday to start with pre-season preparations.
He also revealed that he will engage former Chiefs striker Siphelele Mthembu on convincing him to stay put at Ea Lla Koto.
The man also knowns as ‘Shaka Zulu’ recently saw his contract coming to an end with Stars last month and rumours indicate that he is a wanted man by clubs in Europe after netting five goals, providing three assists in 30 matches in all competitons.
With Eymael’s sentiments, it looks like Chiefs will now pin their hopes on luring Stuart Baxter away from Bafana Bafana as the Belgian’s return to Stars signals a long search for Steve Komphela’s successor.
According to the Phakaathi website, the coach was at his office with chairman Mike Mokoena planning for the season ahead as they will also participate at the Caf Confederation Cup.
“(Not) This question again? I said something and some people thought I was arrogant. But I was not being arrogant or disrespectful,” Eymael told Phakaaathi.
“I said that if nothing happens during the holidays I will come back here and I am a man of my word. My chairman just came in, do you want me to put the phone on (speaker mode) so he can hear this question too? I said I am coming back and I am here now,” he said.
“I just arrived now. I had surgery and had to delay coming back. But I was monitoring things and sending the training schedule to my assistant through email. I have heard that the guys are training very well,” continued the manager.
“I have a few players coming in that we will have a look at. We will give them a few training sessions so I can assess them. There are a few others still coming,” added the Ke Yona Cup winning coach.
“I will also speak to Mthembu to hear what he wants and what we can come up with,” concluded Eymael.