Wednesday Jun 10, 2020. 16:00
In the build up to the 10 year anniversary of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, former Bafana Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has revealed that French champions Paris Saint-Germain were interested in signing him.
Tshabalala kicked off the first World Cup hosted on African soil in spectacular fashion, thumping home the opening goal in a 1-1 draw versus Mexico at Soccer City.
The now 35-year-old attracted reported interest from Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest following the tournament and ‘Shabba’ has now opened up about transfer interest from PSG, which he was made aware of by former Arsenal head coach, Arsene Wenger.
“We were having a shoot in Sandton where we bumped into Arsene Wenger,” Tshabalala said as reported by the Daily Sun.
“Obviously you become star-struck when a person of Wenger’s stature recognising you.
“We had a chat about the World Cup and he said that I am a good player, I played well. He also recognised Itu [Khune] and acknowledged him as well.
“But I remember he even said to me ‘I know that PSG wants you’ and he wished me well. His agent took my number and said he will be in contact,” he concluded.
An European move never materialised for Tshabalala who last played for BB Erzurumspor in Turkey.