Zemura contract put on hold
BOURNEMOUTH have put contract negotiations for Zimbabwe international defender, Jordan Zemura, on hold until the end of the current season to allow him to focus on playing football.
Zemura’s stay at the Championship side ends in June 2022 and there were indications that the Cherries want to open negotiations to pin down the Africa Cup of Nations-bound fullback early.
The club’s coach, Scott Parker, however, revealed they would be “parking” contract negotiations for Zemura together with another youngster Jaidon Anthony.
Zemura has been in top form for the club that is chasing promotion to England’s top division – the Premier League.
Speaking to English publication, Daily Echo, Parker said:
“We’re parking it and will speak about that towards the end of the season.
“As it stands, at this moment in time, I think that’s best for everyone. I think that’s probably best for the two boys as well.
“I said on the onset of those negotiations, that I didn’t want it to go over a certain amount of time. I didn’t want them to be distracted.
“These are two young boys that are still striving to make a career and they’re still striving to make inroads.
“However, well they’ve done, they’ve done well in half a season and the reason they’ve done so well is because their main focus has been football, football, football and a desperation to stay in a team and get in the team. That’s exactly where I want their heads to be.”
Zemura played every minute for Cherries in the Championship this season, before suffering an ankle injury in a 2-0 victory at Reading.
Bournemouth are second on the standings, two points behind leaders Fulham.
“I’ve said ‘look let’s park this up now and concentrate on where we are, let’s just keep fighting, keep moving, keep driving, keep being the players you are and keep improving and re-evaluate this at the end of the season when the season’s done’.
“We’ve got some time in the summer when there is nothing else and we can sit back down.”
“They both know what I think of them, what the football club think of them, but I feel it is best for both of them and both of their careers and us as a team that we revisit it in the summer.”
Zemura, who has started training after an over a month layoff, is expected to be part of the Warriors squad to participate at AFCON finals next month. Sports Reporter/Daily Echo
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