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Orlando Pirates have emerged as the overwhelming favourites to land Benni McCarthy’s signature, as the forward reveals they have made him feel “more wanted”.

McCarthy was keen to join Ajax Cape Town and take his career full circle, which would have also afforded him the chance to be closer to his mother.

But, despite rumours connecting him to Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, McCarthy toldKickOff.com Pirates are the stand-out option for him.

While training with the Urban Warriors, McCarthy spent a lot of time talking to their new coach Maarten Stekelenburg, and he was impressed with the Dutchman, told KickOff.com, “That was the best appointment they could have made. He has a football brain and is well respected by the players.”

Stekelenburg made the right impression on the 2004 Uefa Champions League winner, but Benni believes those negotiating on behalf of the club felt his emotional connection to Cape Town, and to the Urban Warriors (who were born out of his move to Amsterdam from Seven Stars in 1997), was enough to convince him to ink a deal.

However, McCarthy said, “The key for me is looking for a club who show me that they really want me for my abilities, and not just to be a marketing tool. I get that feeling with Pirates, and their fans have been amazing – all begging me at the airport to join them and help them continue from last season’s Treble success.”

There have been suggestions that the money Bucs will offer Benni is one of the major attractions for the striker, but he insists this is far from the truth.

“I have made enough money. I’m still hungry to play football, I’m still hungry to win things, and I still want to give back to South African soccer,” he said.

“Pirates have made it clear they want to win trophies, and go after the African Champions League, and that excites me.”

Source: Goal.com

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