Chelsea could rope in Modubi and Ntuka

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

The future of two South African soccer stars playing in Belgium will be discussed in London next week by English Premiership side Chelsea.

The duo are midfielder Masilo Modubi and defender Jeff Ntuka, who have been loaned to KVC Westerlo by the big-spending Blues.

They were spotted playing for the Transnet School of Excellence in the yearly Milk Cup in Northern Ireland in 2002.

Another South African youngster, BoyBoy Mosia, was also with them at that stage but has since joined Belgian Second Division side Oud-Heverlee Leuven.

Work permit complications made it difficult for the trio to join Chelsea but the Blues arranged for them to join Westerlo to gain experience in European conditions.

"We have been informed that KVC Westerlo top brass will be travelling to England next week to discuss our future with Chelsea," said Modubi yesterday.

"We are not sure what is going to happen to us at the end of the season. Chelsea will make a decision. We feel we are now ready to move to England.

"The time that we have spent here in Belgium has helped us a great deal to familiarise ourselves with the European conditions.

"What makes us more happy is that there are times where the Chelsea technical staff would invite us once or twice in a season for an assessment."

While Modubi is back in action after four months out due to a torn ligament, the Kroonstad-born Ntuka has a knee injury.

He will be out of action for the remainder of the season and is expected to travel back home in the next few days for rehabilitation.

"I have already started training with the senior team and hope to be selected in a game or two," said Modubi, who is from Seshego in Limpopo.

"Our country is hosting the 2010 World Cup, Jeffrey and I are working very hard here to impress the Bafana Bafana technical staff."