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Kaizer Chiefs captain Itumeleng Khune opens up about lack of European offers

18:08 GMT+3 15/03/2018
 Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs
Khune has been playing at the highest level of South African football for over a decade, but he's yet to attract interest from European clubs

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has revealed why he hasn't received offers from abroad despite his consistent performances for both club and country over the past 10 seasons.  

Having kept a whopping 15 clean sheets in 27 matches for the Soweto giants so far this season, Khune is undoubtely one of South Africa's best shot-stoppers, but he is still struggling to attract interest from European teams.

His passing game is also of world class, and while he's 1.82m tall, Khune said he was told that he's too short for a goalkeeper.

“Apparently I was told that I’m too short, but I think the shorter you are, that’s how agile you are,” Khune told reporters on Thursday.

“I think I’m agile enough, and actually, I jump higher than most of the taller goalkeepers. And yes, I always think about it, but at the same time I just have to accept because I’m happy where I am, but I’m not too comfortable,” he continued.

Khune, who is turning 31 in June this year, hasn't given up on plying his trade beyond South African borders, but he warned those who might show interest in his services that they will have to get past Amakhosi before landing his signature as he is still contracted to the club.

Nonetheless, he doesn't mind spending the rest of his football career playing in South Africa should no one come forward with a concrete offer. 

“I will keep working hard and if a team is interested in my services, they will contact the club and I will go represent them well,” added Khune.

“If it doesn’t happen [then] I will just have to set my mind here in South Africa and if I have to retire here [it's OK]. There are a lot of great goalkeepers who have retired playing at home. So, I just want to run my race here in South Africa and reach such milestones [300 appearances for Chiefs] like I just did,” he concluded.

Khune recently made his 300 appearances for the Glamour Boys, joining the likes of Doctor Khumalo, Thabo Mooki, Brian Baloyi and Neil Tovey among other players who donned the famous gold and black jersey.