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Opinion: Chiefs target scuppered his own move?

A reported Kaizer Chiefs target could have dented his own dreams of wearing the famous gold and black.

Royal AM striker Victor Letsoalo is reportedly itching for a move away from the club but could have made his situation worse, after his intentions of forcing a transfer were revealed.

Letsoalo was reported to be on his final six-months of his contract last year, which fuelled speculation linking him with moves to Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. 

However, the Bafana Bafana striker was heavily linked with Amakhosi and that prompted Royal AM to release a strongly worded statement, that set the record straight. 

Thwihli Thwahla revealed that contrary to media reports, they have actually exercised an option of one year on Letsoalo's contract, which means the Bafana forward is contracted to the KwaZulu-Natal side until 2023.

And furthermore, the statement by Royal made it clear that Letsoalo is not for sale.

"Royal AM wishes to distance itself from all media statements both print and electronic about the imminent sale of Victor Letsoalo to Kaizer Chiefs,” the statement read.

"We are also not interested to sell the boy as he is an important part of our participation and progress in the league. As a matter of fact the player is contracted to us and we have exercised our option until 2023.

"We respect people’s opinions and wishes which people are entitled to but we also believe that our position should be respected that there is a NOT FOR SALE board at the moment."

It seems what prompted Royal's fury is that Letsoalo reportedly had intentions of handing in a transfer request and most clubs don't take kind to that sort of a move, especially from their star player.

"Victor Letsoalo has made his intentions known to the club that he wants to move elsewhere and is not ready to remain at Royal AM beyond his current contract," a source told KickOff.

"He wants to move away from Royal AM this January.

"He will meet again with the club in the new year, where he is expected to officially hand in a transfer request."

Despite the statement from Royal that Letsoalo is not for sale, there has been new reports that a deal potentially happening with Chiefs is not out of question.

"Chiefs is pushing for Letsoalo, they really want him, but to get him they must pay as he still contracted to Royal AM, who still values him. Anything can still happen because the player wants to move too. It is similar to what is happening to Sithebe," a source revealed to Soccer Laduma

"Royal AM want to keep him and money is not a problem. He can only leave if he wants to. Not because they cannot match Chiefs, the only thing Amakhosi can do is give them good offer." 

If Letsoalo's situation is similar to Sithebe's, he should have actually approached a club that he wants to play for, assuming that's Chiefs and let them know he can sign with them, if they can approach his club with a good offer. 

Because going directly to his bosses was and is always a wrong move and now he could be stuck with them for at least another year-and-half, if Thwihli Thwahla felt disrespected by him reportedly handing in a transfer request, since they are not desperate for money.

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