Cape Town City’s Dutch goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh is being lined up to join Netherlands legend Arjen Robben at Eredivisie side FC Groningen this week.
Leeuwenburgh has been City’s first-choice keeper since arriving in South Africa in 2018 and there has even been talk of the 27-year-old switching allegiances to South Africa.
Robben, meanwhile, also returned to his home team at the beginning of the season after enjoying a much-decorated career with the likes of European giants Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Chelsea.
It was expected that Leeuwenburgh would return to the Netherlands at the end of the season, but it seems that his departure may now be imminent.
“I sat down with Cape Town City, with trainer Jan Olde Riekerink and the club management, and made my wishes known. I have just turned 27, if I really want something as a goalkeeper then it must be done now,” Leeuwenburgh told De Stentor earlier this month.
“The time is right, I have become a much better and stronger goalkeeper. I am convinced that I can take on the premier league.”
Former Ajax goalkeeper Hans Vonk is positive about Leeuwenburgh: ‘He has been one of the better keepers in the highest league in South Africa for years, who can be compared to the bottom / middle Eredivisie. An excellent goalkeeper, trained by Ajax with an excellent height (1.96m). Did not choose the bank at a young age, but gained experience in South Africa. He is certainly good enough for the sub-top of the Eredivisie, ‘said the former South African international.
Leeuwenburgh has amassed 85 appearances for the Citizens over the past three years, with his last match being the clean sheet that he kept in the 3-0 victory over SuperSport United last Saturday at Cape Town Stadium.
FC Groningen’s current No 1 Sergio Padt has confirmed a move to Bulgarian giants Ludogorets for next year.
Dutch-born goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh has said that he may be open to representing Bafana Bafana in the future as he considers South Africa to be a second-home.
The 26-year-old has been on the books of the Western Cape based club since 2018. Whilst it is not rare for European journeymen to play football in South Africa, Leeuwenburgh’s arrival came as a surprise to many, especially considering that he is a product of one of the top clubs in Europe (Ajax Amsterdam) and had been capped by the Netherlands at youth level.