What are the facts?
Petersen’s contract with Ajax expires on June 30, 2019 and, although the club could sell him in January, they will need to consider their position on the NFD log standings at the start of the new year.
Currently sat in 11th place, the Urban Warriors find themselves on the wrong end of table and, with the technical changes taking place at the club, they will not want to further unsettle the team.
Muhsin Ertugral resigned from the club last month and has since been replaced by Dutchman, Andries Ulderlink. The new coach has no experience in the PSL and losing the club captain midway through the season could prove to be costly. The club will not want to find themselves in a relegation battle going into the business end of the season, and holding onto their captain may prove to be a necessity.
Ulderlink will need some time to adapt to the NFD and, more than ever, Petersen will be expected to play a captain’s role for the new mentor.
In edition 1091 of Soccer Laduma, the player’s representative, Lance Davids, revealed interest in Petersen during the July/ August transfer window, including from Sundowns, Wits and German club Werder Bremen.
A move to Sundowns was expected to be concluded at the time, as part of the transfer that saw Mosa Lebusa join the Brazilians from the Urban Warriors. However, in the end, Petersen actively decided against the move after the Chloorkop-based club signed Reyaad Pieterse from SuperSport United.
Now, with the player set to enter into the last six months of his contract, the bargaining power will swing into his favour, and even if Ajax do push for a move, the player will have to agree to it.
For any deal to be concluded, the buying club, selling club and player all have to agree on the transfer, and unless it makes good business sense for all three parties, no deal will be concluded in January and the player will walk out on a free in just over six months time.