Manyama: We aren't focused on Billiat talk

Kaizer Chiefs forward Lebogang Manyama

Kaizer Chiefs forward Lebogang Manyama has praised Khama Billiat for keeping his head down and staying focused despite the intense speculation surrounding his future.

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Billiat has been linked with a big-money return to Mamelodi Sundowns as well as a move to Egyptian giants Al-Ahly this transfer window. But Chiefs issued a hands-off warning to the Zimbabwean's suitors last week.

Manyama is not surprised by the constant flurry of rumours circulating around Billiat and says the squad have been giving him plenty of support behind the scenes, while he also praised the star winger's impressive work ethic in training.

“I think Khama is a big boy; he’s one of the top players in the country, and whether he stays or leaves, probably next year he’ll have the same thing again – it happens to every top player,” said Manyama.

“But he’s been here; he’s been working hard and we haven’t showed any emotion or put our focus to any of the talk. We expect that from players like him every year.

“So, he’s still here and we’re making sure that we support him in every way and that he stays positive in everything that he does, so he can obviously come back and help the team.

“We need Khama. Every team he plays in, he’s a very much important player just as anyone else.”

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