Talented Uganda midfielder Martin Mutumba has confirmed the interest of three English Premier League sides is interested in signing him after his good performance against Manchester United last week, saying “I would be happy to transfer but I am also happy here(Sweden).”
The AIK Stockholm player, 28 commonly referred to as ‘Sweden’s Ronaldinho’ for his agility, trickery and ball skills completed an impressive season with the Swedish club, sprouting interest from formidable clubs in the World’s most popular football league.
“I can confirm the interest of some Premiership clubs and I cannot reveal more details on the particular clubs till something works out,” he told Red Pepper in an exclusive interview on Thursday, “they are interested in my signature but I love playing for AIK as a matter of fact,” he added.
“It is all in the hands of my club when an official communication is made,” he said, “I would be happy to transfer but I am also happy here Sweden.”
The player was part of the Uganda Cranes team that lost 3-0 to hosts Egypt in an international friendly played at the El Gouna Stadium.
“It was a dream come true to feature against the English champions Manchester United and it was also a good feeling that I was voted one of the best players on the night together with the Manchester defender Vidic,” added the AIK midfielder.
Mutumba has been playing in Sweden most of his football career since his arrival in the Sweden at a tender age.
“I have a young family and I want to work hard for them to have a good life. I will go where there is good money and good football,” added Mutumba.
Mutumba making it into the English Premiership would make him the fourth Ugandan to feature in the 21 year-old league after Kiwomya who played for Arsenal in the 90s, Joel Kitamirike at Chelsea and Savio Nsereko who also made a few appearances at West Ham afew years back.
Speaking about his performance against Egypt, the player said the heat was his undoing.
“I was already very tired just after warming. How can we play football in such terribly hot conditions?” said Mutumba, who however promised to go back and work hard ahead of the crucial 2014 World Cup qualifier against Senegal next month.
Uganda Cranes need to beat Senegal on September 7 to qualify for the next round of the World Cup qualifiers. The Cranes, under Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic, beat Liberia and Angola in June to brighten their chance of qualification.