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03.11.2008 Football News

Ghana coach denies Arthur claims

					Ghana coach denies Arthur claims

Milo did not monitor Arthur Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac has denied that he was in Serbia to monitor youth international defender Alfred Arthur. 

The 21-year-old claimed last week that the Serbian coach was speculated to have come to the country to monitor his progress for a possible call into the Black Stars.

But Milovan says he is in Serbian to renew his expiring passport insisting that Arthur has not been targeted for the senior national team.

"I am not in Serbian to monitor Arthur even though it would be nice to see any Ghanaian player in action," Milovan told

"The truth is that I am here to renew my passport which will expire soon so that I can effectively travel across Europe to monitor the players.

"If I have the opportunity to monitor any Ghanaian player at whatever level in any country I will but in this case this is not the truth.

"The players we are monitoring for the Black Stars must be world class because of the quality of players we have.

"I am not saying Arthur is not world class but when you have lots of players in bigger leagues like Germany, France, Holland and Belgium we must look there first.

"The competition for places in the Black Stars is very keen so when we are bringing in players we must make sure they are also experienced at the top level.

"The fact that a player is based in Europe is not enough to warrant a place in the national team. The player must fight for it."

Arthur joined Serbian Superliga side FK Jagodina on a free transfer this term after a turbulent first stint in Europe.

He was refused a contract renewal at Austrian side Wacker Innsbruck after they were plunged from the top-flight league

He made his debut for the Black Stars in a friendly international against Brazil on 27 March last year in Sweden as a substitute. 


Jagodina are now 7th on the 12-team league table 10 matches.  

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