Morne Nel: Furman signing won’t halt my development at SuperSport United

The 19-year-old midfielder tells Goal that he is not bothered at falling down the pecking order at United and still eyes a move abroad

SuperSport United’s young midfielder Morne Nel has welcomed the signing of Dean Furman despite knowing that it will mean he will see less game time.

The 19-year-old has just been called up to the national under-23s for the first time after a largely impressive 2014/15 season and he sounded excited ahead of their upcoming game against Tunisia.

“I can’t explain how happy I am to be here, it is a great privilege,” Nel told Goal.

Despite the Amaglug-glug selection one would have thought that Nel might be concerned over his near future at club level after Matsatsantsa made the high profile purchase of Furman.

“I can learn a lot from Dean Furman; he’s a Bafana Bafana captain,” Nel insisted.

“I like the competition, it pushes me to work harder but hopefully the opportunities still come.”

Nel seems to be aware that he has lost his starting spot to his more experienced teammate but he does not believe that this will hamper his development in any way.  

“He is a step ahead of me still,” Nel admitted.

“He’s already always motivating the players and we can learn a lot from his experience.

“I definitely want to play a number of games (for SuperSport this season) but I can’t predict what will happen. It is up to the coach.”

When he was still at the Old Mutual Academy in Cape Town he was considered a huge talent and was linked moves to various big European clubs but he ended up moving to SuperSport instead. The youngster was then linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this year but nothing developed.

Despite this he seems confident that a move abroad is still on the cards in the near future, but he kept those cards very close to his chest.  

“My main aim is to play in Europe. I am hoping to get there soon. The sooner the better.

“There has been a bit (of interest from Europe) but I would like to keep that to myself,” he said.