Lentjies denies move to Ajax

2011-05-19 00:00

MARITZBURG United midfielder Kurt Lentjies has confirmed that there is no truth in the rumour that he has been linked with a move to Ajax Cape Town.

Those at the club have indicated that they are not sure where or how the rumour surfaced, and that no official offer for the player has been made.

“For now there is nothing concrete, so I cannot comment on any interest from other clubs,” Lentjies told The Witness yesterday.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns player confirmed that he has been linked to Ajax more than once in his career, but that for now he was focused on going to Cape Town stadium on Saturday and helping his side come away with a good result.

Lentjies was one of the players who impressed in United’s last league game against Sundowns, keeping the midfield compact and providing quality distribution throughout the match. He picked up an injury near the end of that match — a bruised ligament on the inside of his right knee — that kept him out of training for a week.

Coach Ian Palmer has confirmed that the injury sustained by Lentjies was not major and that he will be available to play against Ajax this weekend.

“Kurt had a niggle, but he will be okay for this weekend,” the coach said.

Lentjies attributed United’s good form of late to the confidence that Palmer has instilled in his players.

“He [Palmer] didn’t change much because coach Middendorp left us with a good platform and we still have the same group of players,” said Lentjies.

“But he has given all of us players the confidence to go out there and get results,” he added.

If United are to come away from Cape Town with anything, they will need to approach what is Ajax’s biggest game of the season the same way they would any other game, according to Lentjies.

“The most important thing is that we go out there and keep our discipline and focus at all times,” he said.

“We will need to keep our shape, move well off the ball and make the right decisions,” he said.

“If we can capitalise on our chances then we can come away with a win.”

The partnership between Lentjies, Gert Schalkwyk and Rudolf Bester stood out in the Sundowns game, but Lentjies says that he is comfortable playing with all of his team-mates.

“I enjoy playing with everybody in the team so whoever the manager decides to put out there is for the best of the team and we make it work,” he said.

A win for United could see the recently relegation-threatened side finish in the top-ten of the log while a win for Ajax would guarantee that they finish the season as PSL champions.

The match kicks off at 3 pm on Saturday in Cape Town.

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