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Sundowns' Xulu for Atletico Madrid?

[Posted 30 Mar 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Siyanda Xulu for Atletico Madrid?

Rumour circulating in South Africa has it that Mamelodi Sundowns teenage defender Siyanda Xulu has attracted interest from Spanish giants Atletico Madrid, and the Madrid-base club has already dangled a carrot of R10 million to his club.

Xulu went for trials with Barcelona and Arsenal recently and the two giants were reported to be still keeping tab on the development of South Africa' most promising defensive talent.

Now Atletico seem to be convinced that the youngster does not need to go through trials and have made an offer to the club which sources say is too good for Sundowns to turn down.

Yet, the same sources might need to be reminded that this is the same club that has turned down numerous offers for striker Katelego Mphela in the past and it will not be something new if they insist on a better offer for the promising defender.

Atletico has done business with Sundowns before, luring 19-year-old Malawian striker Robin Ngalande to Madrid on a 4-year deal. Xulu is slightly older than Ngalande and buying him will be a huge investment for Altetico.

If rumours are true, Sundowns will seek to delay the departure of Xulu as they entertain hopes of catching up with log leaders Ajax who are ahead of them by a single point on the ABSA Premiership standings.

Sundowns have made a remarkable recovery under caretaker coach Ian Gorowa and are serious title contenders this season. Xulu is a key player in Sundowns' hopes. 

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