ASTANA RECEIVED OFFICIAL OFFERS FROM TWO CLUBS ON TWUMASI – KHAMITZHANOV
He talked about the future of the Ghanaian player.
11 January, 2018
President of Astana Sayan Khamitzhanov in an interview with Vesti.kz commented on the information on the possible transfer of forward Patrick Twumasi to Bursaspor.
Previously, the media reported that Twumasi went to the Turkish club for 1.5 million Euros. Official confirmation of this information has not been received.
- At the moment, Twumasi is a player of Astana, he has an active contract with the club, - Khamitzhanov says. - Of course, we follow the information that constantly appears on the web, but it is not all true.
Of the specific options – we had official offers from two clubs, but they did not want to offer the amount that would suit us. And to release the player for a minimum amount, which is certainly below the real value of Twumasi – there is no sense. Better if we leave Patrick and other players and together with them we will try to perform worthily in the 1/16 finals of the Europa League, and for the future, in the Champions League 2018/19 and to please our fans around Kazakhstan with our game.
- If there is still a proposal that suits the club, and the players will leave, will the club find a replacement?
- History shows that there are no irreplaceable players, although it is worth acknowledging that Patrick is one of the main figures in the game of our club. At the same time, it is necessary to balance the revenue side of the budget with the sporting goals that the club faces. That is, the desire to earn money on the sale of players should not damage the achievement of sporting tasks. If we now sell our leading players, we will not even be able to even closely stand against the Portuguese Sporting, which only for the last month bought four players for a total of more than 40 million Euros.
We understand perfectly well that we represent the honour not only of our club, but of the whole football of Kazakhstan, and we can not approach this match with personnel shortcomings. And if you sell players, then only for an adequate amount and in the period when it is necessary for us.
- And the last question, at the beginning of the year one of the sports websites held a votation and you were recognized as the Best Sports Manager in 2017. Do you agree with this statement?
- It would be wrong for me to give an assessment of my work, and not modestly. First of all, it is the merit of our entire team, its coaching staff and the administration of the club. But once Astana in the past season fulfilled its tasks in the Kazakhstan Championship and overfulfilled in European competitions, for the first time in the history of Kazakhstan football qualified to the 1/16 finals of the Europa League, which means that our club is on the correct way.