Swedish top tier side Djurgardens IF is unwilling to let go of their top striker Michael Olunga amidst offers flocking in for the Kenyan international following an impressive debut season in the Allsvenskan.
Olunga scored 12 league goals in 27 games and one in four games for the team’s Under-21 side. He emerged fifth in the league top scorers' chart, the 12 goals coming in the last 12 matches all under the stewardship of coach Mark Dempsey.
The 22-year-old reportedly has several offers on table among them from Spanish side Real Betis, Belgian side KSC Lokeren, Club Brugge and Swedish champions Malmo FF. In spite of the offers , the club Sporting Director Bosse Andersson has admitted they are not willing to let go of the reigning Kenyan Premier League (KPL) Player of the Year.
The club has in the recent past signed but released their best strikers but has shown a lot more will to hold on Olunga, at least for the moment. Fullerton Fejzullahu left in June 2014 for China, Zimbabwean Nyasha Mushekwi too in June 2015 and in June 2016, Liberian Sam Johnson was released to go to China. The three were top scorers at the time of departure.
“Of course there is interest; there is no need to hide that fact. He's an amazing person both on and off the pitch. We value him highly and he has three years left on the contract. We have created a space that means we do not need to sell footballers. He chose to believe in ourselves and see ourselves as a platform. From there it is a great pride,"
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“He is a very skilled player. As the situation demanded, we needed a forward and we felt that he had the knowledge. We had a strong belief in Olunga,” Andersson told FotbollDirekt.
Olunga is expected to join the national team camp on Thursday 10 November ahead of international friendly matches against Mozambique and Liberia on Saturday 12 and Wednesday 15 November respectively.