Bafana star urged to reject Sundowns for move overseas

Stellenbosch FC believe big three target Jayden Adams would be better suited heading to Europe amid rumours that he will join Sundowns.

Stellies have been a selling club in recent seasons, but coach Steve Barker has suggested the price will need to be right for them to let go of Adams.

Barker feels that Adams is a better player than some of Sundowns benched talent.

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Stellies slap R40 million price tag on Bafana star

Adams has starred for Stellenbosch FC this season, helping them to the brink of Champions League qualification.

He was also part of the Bafana Bafana squad at the Africa Cup of Nations in the Ivory Coast where he impressed.

Barker feels that Stellenbosch FC’s star players will not be available for cut price. Qualification for the Champions League means the Cape side will need to try to hang onto their best players if not get sizeable fees for their talents.

“As a club, the more you achieve – winning trophies, securing top positions, and having players represent Bafana Bafana – their worth naturally increases,” Barker said according to FARPost.

“It won’t be as easy as it was in the past,” the coach warned. 

“We have players sitting on the bench at Sundowns who cost R40 million. Why should Jayden Adams be valued any less, maybe even more?”

Will Europe come calling?

Barker believes that Adams would be better suited moving abroad at this stage of his career.

“Jayden has ambitions to play in Europe,” Barker added. 

He also said: “At his age, a move to Europe would be more beneficial for his career. I’d advise him to prioritise that over local options.”

He is concerned that Adams won’t get adequate football if he moves to Sundowns at this stage.

“You don’t want him going to Sundowns and only getting 13 or 14 league matches a season,” the coach commented.

Qualification for continental football should mean that Stellenbosch FC start to ask for premium fees for their players.

“Our players’ stock is higher now. We weren’t playing in Africa before or challenging for trophies. Now that we’ve won a trophy and are competing in Africa, it’s not as simple for other teams to just pick and choose our players.”

Jayden Adams wants to play for Liverpool

Adams has stated his ambition to play in Europe, namedropping Liverpool as the club he wants to join.

“My goal is to play in Europe. I would like to play for Liverpool. That’s my team. So, that’s my big-time goal,” Adams said according to Goal.

Sundowns coach Rhulani Mokwena doesn’t believe Adams will end up at Chloorkop next season.

“It’s a difficult question [about signing Adams], at the moment, the answer is no,” Mokwena said according to FARPost.