Absa Premiership

Ertugral open to Graham's return

2018-01-10 17:38
Travis Graham (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town head coach Muhsin Ertugral would welcome Travis Graham back into the squad - if the player chooses to return.

The midfielder was stripped of the captaincy at the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign after publicly announcing his desire to leave the club.

The 24-year-old has not featured for the Urban Warriors this season and has been training with the Ajax’s Diski MDC team.

"It's up to him, I spoke to the chairperson about it as well so it's actually up to him (whether he wants to return),” Ertugral said in a post-match press conference following his side's 2-1 defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns at the Cape Town Stadium on Tuesday.

"I had a chat with him (Graham). I think he is a very good player.

"It’s up to him. He must speak to the chairperson. He must come and he must show that he wants to play.

"We are not the people to send him away, I told him that yesterday when I saw him. Can you not come talk to the people (Ajax chairperson)? 

Graham, who has desires of playing in Europe, has been linked with a move to cross-town rivals Cape Town City, with Wits reportedly also interested in the player.

"I heard he wants to play overseas but can you explain to me how? Who is going to take you," Ertugral continued.

"Standing on the stands and wanting to play in Europe. I mean its that easy to walk in there."

Graham has featured 103 times for Ajax since making his first-team debut in 2012 and is in the final six months of his contract. He is eligible to sign a pre-contract agreement with any club he wishes to join.

Meanwhile, second-from-bottom Ajax are fighting to avoid being relegated from the Absa Premiership and Friday evening welcome Platinum Stars to Cape Town Stadium.

Kick-off is at 20:00.

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