SuperSport United coach Gavin Hunt says its impossible that they will sell Luke Fleurs right now, as they have been left thin in defence.
SuperSport are thin at the back due to Thulani Hlatshwayo having picked up an injury in the club’s first game when the season resumed against Marumo Gallants last month.
Thatayaone Ditlhokwe followed him on the hospital ward to suffer an injury in the win over Cape Town City on Tuesday.
This has opened a gap for Fleurs to feature, including the 2-1 damaging loss to Golden Arrows at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday.
Luke Fleurs has been heavily linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs, who according to the club’s CEO Stan Matthews confirmed to the iDiski Times that Chiefs have approached them in showing an interest in signing the defender.
However, SuperSport said the player won’t leave now because he’s got a long term contract and if they want him they must pay, something that was reiterated by Hunt.
“If someone wants to buy him (now), they must make an offer,” said Hunt.
Fleurs seems to be gaining his form back despite his widely reported Chiefs interest.
“We can’t sell anyone right now because it is people who are just talking (and) we don’t really entertain that. We are concentrating on playing,” added Hunt.
The loss to Arrows has had a knock on effect on SuperSport’s chase to close the gap to the Mamelodi Sundowns, who defeated Richards Bay also in Durban on Friday.
At this point in time, SuperSport are the only club who look to be prepared to put up a fight, having also been the only club to have defeated Sundowns in the league thus far.
They are now 10 points behind Downs, who are sitting pretty on 37 points after 15 matches, while SuperSport are on 27 with the same number of games.
When Hunt was asked if this loss had damaged the threat to Sundowns, he pulled his old trick of sounding puzzled.
“A threat to Sundowns? I think we have to judge ourselves and what we got and that is important,” said Hunt.
“We were almost on two points per game which for me was a great achievement if we had done that (against Arrows). I thought against Arrows it was a stretch of what we did this week because Arrows were sitting and waiting for us, so it was a bit of a problem and I knew that.”
Arrows always gives SuperSport hard times in Durban, as they also beat them last season in the first round and also in the MTN8 quarter finals.
The three times league champions last beat Arrows in Durban was in 2019.
Next up for SuperSport is a big one against Sundowns in what will be the top of the table clash on 16 January at Loftus Stadium.