Absa Premiership

Tau: Overseas move will not determine my career

2018-05-11 12:17
Percy Tau (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Percy Tau says he remains committed to Mamelodi Sundowns and will not allow himself to be distracted by talk of an overseas move.

The 23-year-old is seen by many as South Africa's brightest football talent and is widely expected to win the Absa Premiership Footballer of the Season award.

He is also being touted for a move to Europe, with his coach Pitso Mosimane having said that he believes Tau is good enough to play in one of the 'top five leagues', although he's also said that the live-wire forward could do with another season in the PSL.

Tau has shown though that he has a level head, not wanting to be side-tracked over speculation about his future as champions Sundowns look to wrap up their domestic league season on Saturday at Bloemfontein Celtic before focusing on the friendly match against Barcelona next week and then the CAF Champions League after that.

"Sometimes what you want doesn't happen," he was quoted saying by the Citizen after collecting the April Player of the Month award earlier this week.

"You have to focus on your reality. That is why I have to keep working hard. I can't sit round and think that maybe one day it will happen. There have been big players who never made it to Europe.

"If it happens, it happens. If it doesn't it doesn't. It's not something that will determine if I am successful in my career.

"I love football and it has brought happiness to me. Traveling with the team to the FIFA Club World Cup and the CAF Champions League has seen me achieving things I never thought I would. Now I wish I could keep improving and getting better," he added.

Asked for his thoughts on his price tag, said to be just under R50 million, Tau was philosophical:

"How do you determine it? I know in production that if you talk about a product you have to consider the cost of making it, the labour and the quality of the product to determine its value. I don’t know how they got to that amount.

"I don't have anything to say about it. If I were to get a summary of how they got to that amount I would comment," he added.

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