Tottenham's Bongani Khumalo targeting fresh challenge at a high level

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The Spurs defender has spent most of his career in England out on loan, but is now targeting a new contract elsewhere.

Tottenham Hotspur defender Bongani Khumalo has told the club’s official website that he is targeting a fresh challenge at the highest possible level.

The 28-year-old returned from a long-term injury midway through the current campaign and was working on his fitness with the Under-21s before joining League One side Colchester United on loan.

He went on to play every game he was available for during his time with the Essex side, helping them to accumulate 18 points from their last 10 matches, which ultimately saw them secure survival with a 1-0 win over Preston on the final day of the season.

The defender, though, is out on contract in the summer and is targeting playing at a higher level than he has managed before.

“That’s first prize, to play at the highest level,” he said.

“The reason why I came here is because I want to play in the Premier League. Things have happened the way they have and I need to work my way to get up there and to go through whatever steps necessary to get there.”

The defender, who was a goalscorer in South Africa’s famous 2-1 win over France at the 2010 World Cup finals, has endured a tough time since joining Spurs, never really breaking into their first team squad.

Instead, he has spent most of his time on loan, with Colchester being the latest side on that list, but he is now hoping that his performances in saving the League One side from relegation will help to secure him a deal with a new club - with the Premier League his ultimate aim.

“I’m a free agent in the summer so hopefully some clubs will be knocking on the door,” he said.

“I enjoy English football, I love playing in this country, I want to continue playing here, doing well and hopefully be part of a team that wins promotion to the Premier League and even play in the Premier League one day.”

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