Sports News of Friday, 5 October 2018
Hearts of Oak have warned arch-rivals Asante Kotoko that they have no intention of selling winger Patrick Razak at any price.
This follows a revelation by Razak’s representative, Francis Polly (Esq), earlier this week, that Kotoko had shown interest and were willing to sign him from Hearts.
Razak’s future with the Phobians has been uncertain for some time now. There were reports of interest from teams such as Horaya Club of Guinea for Razak’s services but it seems the Phobians are not open to the idea of selling Razak especially to Kotoko and they made their stance clear via a statement released on Friday.
“The Management of Accra Hearts of Oak wishes to remind the general sporting public especially the club’s followers that if Asante Kotoko did contact our player, Patrick Razak, on a possible transfer as claimed by his lawyer, then they will in violation of Article 18.3 of the FIFA Regulations on the Status of Transfer of Players which states that any interested club must first contact the club the player is contracted to before negotiating with the player.
…We wish to state categorically that if they do, Hearts’ position will be that no amount of gold that Asante Kotoko will offer will make us sell Patrick Razak because it will never happen under the good leadership of CEO, mark Noonan.”
Reports suggest Razak’s contract with Hearts will soon expire but it appears the club is very determined to hold their star man for as long as possible.
The 23-year-old joined Hearts from second-tier side Tamale Utrecht Academy in 2015.