Motherwell boss reveals why no Scottish club can afford to buy 25-goal striker Kevin van Veen
Stuart Kettlewell would be "amazed" if any Scottish club could afford to buy player-of-the-year contender Kevin van Veen from Motherwell this summer.
The 31-year-old is open to a summer move after hitting 25 goals so far this season and being nominated for top player in the PFA Scotland awards. But Kettlewell is comfortable the Dutchman is happy at Fir Park unless both he and the club receive an offer they cannot refuse. "I would be amazed if a club in Scotland could come up with the money we would be thinking about for Kevin van Veen," said the Motherwell manager, whose team face St Johnstone on Saturday. "This is where he is so categorically, I am so categoric; as it stands, unless someone was able to put life-changing money in front of Motherwell - and it would have to be both parties - then he will remain a Motherwell player."
Van Veen has a year left on his contract and spoke about the potential for a summer move after his award nomination was announced on Wednesday - but there were no surprises for Kettlewell in what his player said. "I am comfortable that I have had so many conversations with Kevin on a personal level, manager to striker," Kettlewell said. "And the one thing we both agree on is that he is extremely happy here, that the football club is really happy with him, the supporters love him and I love working with him on a daily basis. "But there is always a cross point where, if someone puts a ridiculous offer in front of you, sometimes the football club have to profit on it."
Motherwell, who head to St Johnstone this weekend, made a deficit of about £1million last season and this season's loss is expected to be even higher.
Kettlewell said: "It would be safe to say it's been a really challenging year for the club financially. We don't want to get rid of the player but sometimes an offer comes along that you can't say no to. I think that's all that Kevin was saying as well."
There were strong rumours of a potential move to China earlier this year but no switch materialised before the country's transfer window closed in early April. When asked if there had been concrete interest in the Dutchman, Kettlewell said: "There's not been anything this last spell. "I have heard a lot of speculation. Every part of a situation that involves Kevin van Veen or any player, they are 100 per cent aware of any situation where there is contact directly to the club or myself. "When I was a player, if that wasn't made known to you by the powers that be at the club then I think you create a real problem for yourself. "Anybody that contacts me or the club, the conversation is had with the player. It's never to disrupt them, it's always the opposite. "It could be something that's serious, it could be something that's pure speculation. It could be something that's in the press that has not happened that disrupts a player, which by the way is happening continuously. "If there's something official the player will hear about it directly from myself."
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