Having been one of the most consistent players since joining Bloemfontein Celtic in the second half of last season, defender Mzwanele Mahashe has managed to attract the attention of host of PSL teams. Now, the defender has shed some light on his future.
In the 2019/20 season, the lanky centre-back amassed 31 starts from the 37 matches for the Mangaung outfit in all competitions, while he has also contributed in the club’s impressive Nedbank Cup run which saw them narrowly lose 1-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the final.
Back in March, the Siya crew reported via sources close to the East London-born player that interest had been pouring in for his services, with SuperSport United believed to be one of the clubs keen on landing his signature.
At the time, Celtic were said to be negotiating a new deal for the former Baroka man who initially joined the club on a one-and-a-half-year deal, but negotiations were put on hold due to COVID-19.
Now, with 32-year-old having completed yet another impressive season, talk about his future has once again resurfaced. Speaking to Soccer Laduma issue 1191, Mahashe opened up on the reported interest from SuperSport United.
“Obviously, when you’re doing well as a player, you will have other teams looking at you. There will always be a lot said about you when you have a good season and you will get calls – that’s natural. Even now, there are people who still enquire about what is happening with my contract with the team. I won’t lie to you, I am very happy at Celtic and I’ve played almost all the games this season, only missing games through suspension. I think this has to be my best season ever. I felt so good and didn’t even get injuries. I am chipping in some goals as well – I mean, I have scored four goals and I could have added more,” he said.
The player also revealed that he is set for talks with Siwelele regarding a new deal, as he is content at the club, but has revealed that his demands could prove to be a stumbling block in the negotiations.
“We are still finalising things. We haven’t finalised things yet and we were supposed to sit down, but because of the lockdown, we decided to put everything on hold until we finished the season. We will talk again and I’m sure we will come up with an agreement, but you know in football… ha, ha, ha, sometimes I would ask for certain things and then it will be up to the team to say, “Yes, we have this and we don’t have that.” But you know negotiations and their dynamics – it’s not something you can wake up, start and finish. It takes time.
“There’s a lot of things that I want and there’s a lot of things that the team might not have, you know. So, it’s not easy, but I’m hoping and praying that we will come to a conclusion because I love the team. I have been treated very well in the team and we will see what will happen, but as soon as everything is finalised, you will be the first one to know,” he added.
It remains to be seen whether the highly-rated defender will continue in John Maduka’s side or if his future lies away from the club.
Mahashe also discusses:
- Their Nedbank Cup final loss to Mamelodi Sundowns
- Celtic’s impressive season
- Giving back to his community of Mdantsane
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