Mamelodi Sundowns are engaging in talks with their players not to leave the team. There were concerns that Sundowns would lose a few of their top players ahead of next season as the majority of them were still waiting for new deals. Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane has confirmed that Leonardo Castro has signed a new deal with the club.
The Colombian striker follows in the footsteps of captain Hlompho Kekana, who put pen to paper over two weeks ago. Mosimane said the management is currently working hard behind the scenes to finalise contracts of the players whose futures are still uncertain.
“We been dealing with contracts to be renewed. Some players have option clauses in their contracts which favour the club, and we have exercised options on the contracts of players like Leo Castro and Wayne Arendse and we will be keeping them for the next year,” Mosimane told us.
“There has been lots of talk and speculation about our players. We need to assure our supporters that we are not casual about contracts. We are working hard to finalise them,” he said.
“People must realize that contracts are negotiated, and this is not an easy process. We recently concluded negotiations for a contract extension for our captain Hlompho Kekana, and his contract has been renewed. Keeping our captain is important. He led the team to the Champions League and the Super Cup, and through the current league season. It is important to keep him and other important players as we begin the defence of the Champions League,” he confirmed.
“But with all the games we have been playing, we just could not tie down things as we did not want to destabilise our players either,” added the 52-year-old.
Meanwhile, the Tshwane giants announced that they have already opened talks with Khama Billiat over the possible extension of contract. Negotiations between Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town for the services of Rivaldo Coetzee are now settled as the defender has joined Sundowns but still nursing an injury where he could start playing in January 2018.
Our crew has spoken to both the player’s representative, Mike Makaab and Ajax chairman, Ari Efstathiou and it has been confirmed that Sundowns are in talks with both the Urban Warriors as well as the player’s camp about a possible permanent move. The 20-year-old scooped two awards at the club’s annual Premier Soccer League awards ceremony, taking home both the Player Of The Season and Player’s Player Of The Season accolade on Saturday, May 20. However, indications are that the player’s time with the Cape Town-based club is nearing an end.
There are suggestions that Sundowns want the player, although Efstathiou is currently in the Netherlands with the Ajax U19 team and indications are that he will discuss a possible European move for the player while abroad. As it stands, the Bafana international’s future has not yet been decided on, although his proposed move will be one of the hottest talking points in the upcoming January transfer window.
Sundowns are doing their best to keep their players for the remainder of the season to make sure they have enough players.