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AFC Bournemouth star Tokelo Rantie: 'Nothing is going to stand in my way'
RECORD signing Tokelo Rantie is vowing to succeed with Cherries and says that his need to care for his mother is providing extra motivation.
Rantie is this week set to link up with his new team-mates as he embarks on his Cherries career following a club record transfer from Swedish giants Malmo.
The striker, who played for South Africa in their 4-1 victory over Botswana on Saturday, is due to imminently fly into England to begin life at Dean Court.
And the 23-year-old, who has signed a four-year contract with Cherries, is determined to live up to his big billing in a bid to provide for his mother.
In an interview with goal.com, which was also published on the club's official website, Rantie reportedly said: “Football is my life and my only source.
“Nothing is going to stand in my way as I have to take care of my sick mother.
“My background is my strong motivation and that is why I am going out there to give it (my) all.”
Rantie, who has been granted a work permit and international clearance but is awaiting a visa, is keen to repay the faith of Cherries boss Eddie Howe.
He said: “I think the faith and belief they have shown in me is incredible.
“You know when there are people that see the good in you and how they can make you a better player. That is overwhelming. It was not about money but it was the faith they showed in me.
“They have spoken to me about my game and even more inspiring is that they have spotted my weaknesses and where I need to improve to become a better player. That on its own makes me humble about my move.
“Despite my weakness, the club is still keen to use me and help me grow. That must mean there is something special they see in me.”
Discussing his big-money move to Cherries, Rantie added: “It came as a real surprise to me as I only knew about the deal when it was finalised.
“At first, my coach told me that they had been keeping a very close eye on me and they would like to have my services.
“I thought, maybe, it was just one of those things when you go for trials and next thing you are back.”
Rantie could make his debut when Cherries host Championship leaders Blackpool on Saturday. The South African international will be competing with the likes of Lewis Grabban, Brett Pitman and Wes Thomas for a starting place.
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