LionsXII not distracted by Sundram's leaving

LionsXII not distracted by Sundram's leaving

I have been involved in the beautiful game for over 30 years. In that time, I've learnt that speculation is part and parcel of football.Coaches and players will come and go from any team.

Over the last two weeks, the LionsXII have been presented a unique situation.

Reports have surfaced that I am on the brink of a move at the end of the season. Then, Malaysian Super League side Johor Darul Takzim announced their intention to sign two of my players - Singapore internationals Hariss Harun and Baihakki Khaizan.

I've been asked if all the transfer speculation and talk of my possible move have caused a distraction in the team as we look to fight for the Malaysia Cup. My answer is that we are all professionals.

Our bread and butter is football, and we must perform to the best of our abilities for the team we are contracted to.

It can be difficult.

Anywhere in the world, players like Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez face the same unsettling situation.

To an extent, their teammates might get distracted as well.But the LionsXII players understand that I'm still the coach, and my focus is solely on getting the team to the Malaysia Cup final.

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