Jacques ambition fine with me – boss
BURTON Albion manager Gary Rowett says he has no problem with star winger Jacques Maghoma talking about his future – even if that future turns out to be away from the Brewers.
The 25-year-old was quoted in a national newspaper at the weekend, the article appearing to suggest that he wanted to win promotion this season as a "goodbye present" – his contract expires in the summer.
That, however, was not a phrase the player used himself and Maghoma told the Telegraph: "All I said was that I'm young and ambitious and would like to see how far I go in my career and, for now, it's at Burton and I'm happy playing and winning games."
In his fourth year at Burton, former Spurs trainee Maghoma is finding his best form and has reached double figures in goals for the first time.
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The fact that opponents tend to foul him to stop his determined runs was emphasised on Saturday when Rotherham United had two players sent off doing just that.
"I think all that's happened is that Jacques has been honest about his ambition," said Rowett.
"I don't have a problem with that.
"Let's be realistic. He's ambitious. He came here from Spurs and would have seen us as a stepping stone.
"He's been here four years now and it's hard to hold on to someone forever.
"If he ends up with 15 goals and we go up, it would be a surprise if he doesn't attract interest."
There is also a suggestion in the article, in Sunday's Football League Paper, that contract talks between Maghoma and the club have stalled. But both parties have played that down.
"We haven't sat down with him yet and it's not the time to do that right now," said Rowett.
Maghoma added: "I don't want to talk on the issue of my contract but on how well the team is doing, that we are in good form, third in the league and we're pushing in every match until the end of the season to see where we end up.
"Hopefully, I can win something with the club or be in the play-offs and achieve something here, where the fans and club have been good to me.
"I hope that's what came out in the papers."