Ashgold warn Hearts, Kotoko to stay off Lartey

Lartey (left) is now the target of three clubs

Lartey (left) is now the target of three clubs

LEAGUE champions for the just ended 2014/15 season, Obuasi Ashgold has warned Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Accra Hearts of Oak and Medeama SC to stay off its player, Lawrence Lartey.

Hearts turned their attention to the Miners’ defender for a partnership with skipper Ruben Gnagne, while Asante Kotoko have targeted the former Nania FC skipper.

But Ashgold have issued a strong warning to Lartey’s suitors that the defender is not for sale and it does not matter who might be interested in him.

“We have heard about those transfer rumours but none has come officially to our offices”, club PRO Kofi Yawson revealed.

“We want to categorically state that we will not be selling any player from our team and Lartey is no exception”.

Ashgold will play in the CAF Champions League next season after winning the Ghana League for the first time in 19 years.

In another deelopment,Kumasi Asante Kotoko has insisted they have not offered a contract to coach Tommy Moller Nielsen for any appointment.

The Danish trainer claims he signed a two-year contract with the dethroned Premier League champions to be their new coach.

Nielsen even went further to reveal his desire to return Kotoko back to its glorious days.

But the club’s management insist they have held no talks, least offered a contract to the Danish coach.

The club insists David Duncan remains their substantive trainer despite recent reports of the appointment of a new coach.

Tommy Moller Nielsen was in Ghana last week at the invitation of one of the major financiers of the club, Dr. Kweku Frimpong.

And Kotoko’s Operations Manager George Kennedy says Dr. Frimpong is best placed to explain reports of an offered contract to Tommy Neilsen as management is unaware of it.

“I think it will be better and accurate if you go to the quarters of Dr. Kweku Frimpong,” he directed.

“We as management know nothing about this and have not engaged Tommy Moller in any discussions.

“Naturally you will feel uncomfortable with such developments because Dr. Frimpong used to be in our good books.”

From Times Sports Desk

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