Tokelo Rantie takes to Twitter to deny Bournemouth disrespect, knows nothing about Leeds United interest

Bournemouth's Tokelo Rantie dow injured

The South African has been in the news recently.

Bournemouth's Tokelo Rantie dow injuredBournemouth's Tokelo Rantie dow injured

Yesterday saw claims in South Africa that AFC Bournemouth striker Tokelo Rantie was all set to leave the Cherries for a return to South Africa – although it also seemed Leeds United might be keen.

Farouk Khan, who was said to be a former coach of Rantie at the Stars of Africa Academy and apparently remained a close friend of the Cherries striker, told Times Media Digital in South Africa:

“He seems to be very much of the opinion that he should come home‚ but I personally think he is good enough to play in Europe.

“Bournemouth have been asking him to come back [for pre-season] and eventually I think he will have to succumb because he is under contract with them and will start incurring heavy fines.

Bournemouth's Tokelo Rantie walks past manager Eddie Howe as he comes off injuredBournemouth's Tokelo Rantie walks past manager Eddie Howe as he comes off injured

“At the moment he is in South Africa working in the gym‚ but that is not really good enough to stay in peak condition.

“And there are some very decent clubs in Europe who are interested in signing him‚ Leeds United being just one of them.”

However, the player has stood up for himself with force on social media today.

The 25-year-old, who has 31 caps and nine goals for the Bafana Bafana, took to social media to denounce the story and to make it clear he had no knowledge of a potential move to Leeds United.

Here are some of the tweets in question from the South African:






The news that Leeds were interested did seem surprising yesterday – considering their moves for Marcus Antonsson and Kemar Roofe already this summer.

Rantie though, was less worried with the stories of a Leeds move, and more concerned with ensuring Bournemouth fans he was not AWOL from the club and had the utmost respect for the South-Coast side.

A move to Leeds seems unlikely then for a player who has struggled with injury during his time in English football.

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