Rest Mutore, Sports Reporter
MACAULEY Bonne has sparked excitement among Charlton Athletic fans after seemingly dropping a hint over his future.
The Zimbabwe international striker took to Twitter on Wednesday and posted a picture in action for the Addicks in their 3-2 defeat to English League Two side, Southend United, on Tuesday.
The picture is captioned:
“Minutes in the tank and laser focused on the incoming season. We hear you all, but better when we can see you too!”
While the post does not guarantee Bonne’s commitment to Lee Bowyer’s side, supporters believe it is an indication that the Zimbabwean is staying put.
He has been involved in the team’s pre-season, including another match against Birmingham City last weekend.
Charlton face Crystal Palace in a friendly on Saturday while their first competitive match is on September 5 in the FA First Round against Swindon Town.
And Bonne’s hint on staying comes as positive news to Bowyer who is eyeing a comeback to the Championship after their relegation on the final day of the season.
The Warriors prospective player scored 11 goals in 33 games for Charlton Athletic last season though his efforts were not enough to keep the Addicks in the second-tier of English football.
He made waves with Leyton Orient where his career really took off, scoring 45 goals in 91 games before sealing a move to Charlton.
Bonne is currently contracted to Charlton until June 2022 but has been subject of much speculation after the drop of his team from Championship to League One.
He has been linked with clubs in England’s top two divisions – Premier League and Championship – with his move reported to be imminent.
Premier League sides Burnley, Southampton and returnees Fulham were earlier this month reported to be chasing Bonne’s signature.
Norwich and Nottingham Forest, Cardiff City, Derby County, Luton Town and Blackburn are also among Championship sides said to be interested with the forward’s services.
Bonne is in Warriors coach, Zdravko Logarusic’s, plans for the Afcon qualifiers against Algeria in November this year.
Loga recently told H-Metro that he has been monitoring the player who only featured for Zimbabwe in 2014 – scoring in a 2-1 defeat to Morocco under Kalisto Pasuwa.