Hendrick Pule Ekstein has revealed his side of the Kaizer Chiefs contract saga after the club announced it was terminating his contract yesterday.
The 28-year-old midfielder had reached an impasse with the club over a new deal just two months before his current one was due to expire. Despite efforts from coach Ernst Middendorp to hold on to him, Ekstein claimed, the club opted to instead release him early as they forge ahead with plans for next season.
- He was offered a new contract and turned it down because it did not meet his demands.
- He was on a low salary base following his promotion to the senior team in 2014 under then coach Stuart Baxter
- Middendorp fought to keep him at the club, but in the end it was management’s decision to terminate his contract.
- He hasn’t signed a pre-contract with any other club.
- He was informed on Tuesday that his contract would be terminated the following day.
The player insisted that he felt he deserved to earn a better salary given his “contribution”, though he would not disclose what percentage increase he asked for.
“We had an argument about this whole thing and the coach was then asked to leave me out of the team until I had signed,” Ekstein said, adding that he was also sent to train with the reserves last week only to surprisingly make the starting line-up against Golden Arrows on Tuesday night.
“I hadn’t trained with the team for a week when I got the call that I should be in camp for the Arrows game. We usually receive the line-up an hour before we get to the stadium and I was surprised I was in the team.”