The Crawley Town winger Bez Lubala has responded to reports he could reunite with his former Birmingham City manager, Garry Monk, at Sheffield Wednesday.
Teamtalk reported last week that Wednesday were ‘leading the case’ for Lubala, who has scored eight goals in 20 games since he snubbed Birmingham’s offer of a new contract to sign for Crawley in the summer transfer window.
It was Monk, the newly-appointed Sheffield Wednesday manager, who gave the 21-year-old his professional debut at Birmingham, having spotted him playing for the Blues’ Under-23s.
And speaking to Crawley’s ‘A Bit of Bully’ podcast, Lubala admitted that Monk and his staff were ‘good to me’.
But asked how he sees the recent speculation, the DR Congo-born player replied: “If you’re doing well, people are going to talk, you’re going to get rumours and stuff.
“My main focus is just focusing on what we’ve got at Crawley, what we’re trying to do – the objective.
“And I’m not really getting carried away with any of that stuff at the moment.
“I’m just focusing on my targets. And the better the team does, the better I’m going to do.
“That’s the main focus – the team getting up the table. And the individuals will shine through that, really.”
Monk insisted last week that he is yet to discuss any specific targets with the Sheffield Wednesday recruitment team ahead of his first transfer window as boss, and passed off the Lubala rumour as being part of the agent-led ‘circus’ which usually proceeds such periods.
Lubala, who made all five of his Birmingham appearances during Monk’s reign, has around 18 months left on his contract, although Crawley could look to exercise their one-year extension option.