Kaizer Chiefs to assess Luke Fleurs as defender parts ways with SuperSport United

Kaizer Chiefs to assess Luke Fleurs as defender parts ways with SuperSport United

SABC Sport can confirm defender Luke Fleurs has left SuperSport United, which immediately makes the player a free agent.

Furthermore, the public broadcaster can reveal the 23-year-old might not be short of suitors as Kaizer Chiefs are understood to have invited the centre-back for an assessment at their base in Naturena.

The junior international will not be affected by the transfer window closing on Friday and this gives Fleurs and potential suitors more than enough time to negotiate a deal that would be viable for all involved.

According to sources, SuperSport could not guarantee the former junior international regular minutes under coach Gavin Hunt this season, especially following the arrival of Siyanda Xulu in the same position as well as the emergence of Ime Okon, the teenager who has already caught the eye of Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos.

Xulu was signed on a two-year deal after he became a free agent, while Okon has been promoted from the Diski Challenge team that won the reserve league a few months ago and won a trip to the UK.

The news come as a huge surprise nonetheless. Fleurs put pen to paper on a new long-term contract in January that would have taken his stay with SuperSport all the way to June 2026 – an agreement that was entered into following a song and dance between his parent club and Chiefs.

Amakhosi were eyeing a centre back at the time, but quietly signed teammate Thatayaone Ditlhokwe on a pre-contract instead.

Despite the latest news, Fleurs will still be highly rated by Premier Soccer League clubs considering his age and the fact that he was part of the Olympic Games squad under coach David Notoane in 2021.

Fleurs played every minute of all three fixtures in Tokyo against hosts Japan, France and Mexico, but will now be looking for a new lease on life.

Chiefs coach Molefi Ntseki did confirm to the media last week he is looking for a defender before the close of the window on Friday.