Thursday May 15, 2014. 15:30
John Paintsil has revealed he will not be staying at Santos in South Africa and claims there are clubs in both South Africa and Europe keen to sign him on.
The former Ghana international and veteran of two world cups says he joined Santos with the intention of helping them to qualify for the Absa Premiership, a feat they could not achieve.
“I signed for Santos because I was not playing for any club and no big club was going to sign me [at the time] because I had been inactive for some time.
"So I decided to use the team as a stepping stone by joining to help the club qualify for the PSL so that it could easily help me return to the big stage again,” he is quoted as telling Accra-based Power FM.
“Now that things didn’t go well for us, I think I have made a good impact and definitely I’m not going to stay with Santos next season. There are more teams pressing both here [South Africa] and in Europe so I’m hoping for the best next season,” Paintsil added.
The 32-year old’s club fortunes have dipped in recent years after spells a West Ham and Fulham in the English Premiership.