Word reaching the Siya crew is that Kaizer Chiefs and one of their soon to be out-of-contract players are still far off from reaching an agreement.
This, in many ways, is not good news for striker Leonardo Castro, who could be leaving Naturena on June 30 if the two parties do not find a way forward.
Indications are that Castro is yet to get a definitive answer from management over whether he has a future at the club or not.
The Colombian joined Amakhosi from Mamelodi Sundowns in January 2018 and came with a pedigree of scoring goals as well as winning trophies, something he did at Chloorkop during a very successful spell for the Brazilians.
Castro has had good moments at Chiefs, but has never been as prolific as he was at Downs partly because of injuries.
In May 2020, after protracted talks, the Glamour Boys confirmed the forward’s new deal, which is the one that will now expire at the end of the current season.
The Siya crew understands the two parties may be headed into a similar drawn-out conversation regarding Castro’s future as he was not one of the names on the list of players given new contracts in January on deadline day (see gallery below).
Chiefs offered seven players new deals recently...
Sources inside the club also earlier raised eyebrows when Castro was not registered as a local at the start of the season considering he meets at least one of the requirements to be able to get his permanent resident permit (PRP) – saving Chiefs a foreign spot.
But he would have needed to produce a contract that proves he was likely to remain in SA for longer than just the one-year remaining on his existing deal at the time. The fact that Amakhosi did not go ahead with the registration does leave him in limbo.
Chiefs have in the past left contract discussions until late, but the new synergy that involves sporting director Kaizer Motaung Jnr, his brother and football manager Bobby Motaung, head of technical Molefi Ntseki as well as coach Stuart Baxter, suggests the process to handing out contracts isn’t as straightforward as before.