Bongani Khumalo wants to stay in Europe, agent reveals homeland interest

Bongani Khumalo's agent has confirmed teams in South Africa want to sign him - but the Tottenham defender wants to stay in Europe.

He may be a forgotten man at Tottenham, but Bongani Khumalo has clubs interested in him, as his agent told

Khumalo, 28, shot to prominence at the 2010 World Cup, impressing for South Africa in their home tournament - and even scored against France with a towering header from a cross that now-Tottenham team mate Hugo Lloris misjudged.

Just months later, Spurs confirmed the arrival of Khumalo from Supersport United - yet over four years on, Khumalo is still yet to play a first team game for Tottenham.

Loan spells with Preston North End, Reading, PAOK and Doncaster Rovers gave Khumalo a chance to play first team football, but many fans at White Hart Lane would be forgiven for completely forgetting about Khumalo's existence after an anonymous four-year spell with the club.

Now featuring for Tottenham's Under-21 team alongside teenager Cameron Carter-Vickers in defence, Khumalo is a valued member of Ugo Ehiogu's men - but his time in North London may be coming to an end.

Khumalo's contract at Tottenham expires at the end of the season, meaning he will be a free agent and can move on to any team when the transfer window re-opens.

Now, Khumalo's agent Glyn Binkin has told that whilst teams back in South Africa want to bring the central defender back to his homeland, Khumalo wants to remain in Europe.

"I don’t foresee a long-term future at Spurs for him, but we don’t know at this stage and we will have to see in the next couple of months," said Binkin.

"South African clubs have expressed interest, but at this stage his focus is on Europe. He is still young enough to stay in Europe," he added.

Khumalo figures to be of interest for a number of Championship teams, but whether he values himself higher than that level of football remains to be seen.

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