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Kotey in hide and seek with Hearts

BY: Peter Sarbah
Benjamin Afutu Kortey
Benjamin Afutu Kortey

Officials of Accra Hearts of Oak are worried over what they describe an an indifferent attitude by defensive midfielder, Benjamin Afutu Kotey, towards an offer to renew his contract.

The 24-year-old, who played 17 Premier League games for the club last season, is refusing to commit to a new contract when the Phobians are ready to extend his stay in coach Edward Odoom's side.

A Hearts sources disclosed to the Graphic Sports Online that the player had been embarking on a hide and seek with the club anytime he was invited to put pen to paper for a new deal.

“That lad is playing delay tactics with the club anytime he is asked to sign a new deal,” the source hinted.

Kotey's supposed lackadaisical attitude towards committing to a new deal is raising suspicion within the corridors of power in Hearts that, perhaps, he is being influenced to move away from the Phobians.

The source said Hearts were very keen on keeping Kotey -- whose contract runs out at the end of next month -- but would not stand in his way should he decide to seek greener pastures outside.

However, the source maintained that Hearts would have no other option than to close the chapter on Kotey and look ahead if he maintains an entrenched position regarding his contract extension.

Kotey, who joined the Phobians from Karela United two seasons ago, has made two appearances this season.