Mamelodi Sundowns playmaker, Teko Modise has explained why his overseas move never happened and says it “kills” him that he couldn’t leave Orlando Pirates at the time despite lots of interest.
The 32-year-old says he had offers from the likes of Panathinaikos, West Bromwich and Stoke City, among others, but ended up joining Masandawana because he didn't have a release clause at the time.
“A buy-out clause in my contract didn’t exist at the time. There was no concrete number and there was just speculation. You know what these European teams are like – they lose interest if you mess them around,” he told Soccer Laduma’s David Minchella in an exclusive interview.
“They’ll only chase you for a certain time. We tried everything we could! Playing overseas was one of my biggest ambitions.
“The fact that I could have made it there is what kills me.
“Even at Pirates some big European teams came through with offers. So many teams came through with offers – Panathinaikos, West Brom and Stoke City. There were others from smaller countries like Denmark as well, " Modise said.
'Donadoni' further explained how hard his failed move abroad hit him and how he struggled to remain focussed on playing for Pirates.
“I just wanted an opportunity, even if I’d failed! None of the teams that came through said I must come for trials. They just wanted me to come, do a medical and sign," he added.
“I was a different player. I had to ask myself, “How can I be loyal when no one appreciates me?” I’ve done the best that I can, so why can’t I get a chance!?”
“In your head you know this is happening, but then you’ve got to go out and play for Bucs on the weekend like nothing is happening. It was a problem!”
Make sure to read the exclusive full length interview with Teko Modise, where he also reveals why Pitso Mosimane didn’t speak to him for years and that he probably would have died without football. It’s a must-read interview with Soccer Laduma’s David Minchella in edition 918. It’s in stores and on sale now.