Kaizer Chiefs have extends an invitation to defender Luke Fleurs for an assessment at their Naturena base.
This development comes hot on the heels of Fleurs’ departure from SuperSport United, which now leaves the 23-year-old as a free agent.
SABC Sport can confirm this significant move in South African football.
Fleurs’ Departure From SuperSport
The timing of Fleurs’ departure is intriguing, given that he had inked a long-term contract extension with SuperSport United in January, securing his stay until June 2026.
This extension had raised eyebrows and led to speculation in football circles.
It’s worth noting that this contract was signed amid interest from Kaizer Chiefs in securing a center-back, a position that has been a focal point for the Amakhosi.
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However, in a surprising twist, Chiefs opted to quietly sign Thatayaone Ditlhokwe from their ranks on a pre-contract, diverting attention away from Fleurs at the time.
Kaizer Chiefs Going In For Fleurs Again
Now, with Fleurs as a free agent, the Amakhosi are revisiting their interest in the talented defender.
His situation is unique because his departure from SuperSport falls outside the typical transfer window, giving him and potential suitors ample time to negotiate a deal that benefits all parties involved.
This is an advantage that doesn’t go unnoticed in the world of football transfers.
Reason Why Fleurs Is Leaving Supersport United
One of the factors contributing to Fleurs’ departure from SuperSport is the challenge of securing regular playing time under coach Gavin Hunt.
The recent acquisition of Siyanda Xulu, who joined the team on a two-year deal as a free agent, and the emergence of the promising teenager Ime Okon, have complicated Fleurs’ prospects in the squad.
Okon, in particular, has already impressed Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos.
Nonetheless, Fleurs remains highly regarded in the Premier Soccer League, thanks to his youth and experience.
Chiefs coach Molefi Ntseki has confirmed his quest for a defender before the imminent close of the transfer window.
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The inclusion of Fleurs in their assessment plans suggests that Chiefs see potential in the young talent and are keen to bolster their defensive ranks.