He might not be available to play just yet, but Siya sources have informed the crew that Kaizer Chiefs have finally ended the Samir Nurkovic contract impasse.
It was reported in Issue 1203 of Soccer Laduma that Amakhosi had opened fresh talks with their Serbian striker, offering him new terms to fend off apparent interest from North Africa and the Gulf region for his services.
Gavin Hunt, the Chiefs coach, was also getting frustrated with the situation and his shock comments about why the forwards was missing in action, had caused a stir inside the club and among their legion of supporters.
Nurkovic, according to insiders, was keen to move, and that would have come with some serious financial benefits given that players of his quality in those leagues earn an upwards of R5-million per annum.
While there was no genuine offer from Al Ahly, the Siya crew has been informed that Abha FC and Kuwait Sporting Club did table bids, which were rejected by Amakhosi despite the denial that came from their media department.
It’s thought they were below Chiefs’ R30-million valuation of Nurkovic, who is still contracted to them until June 2022.
The new terms, which Nurkovic had initially rejected until the offer was improved, will not lengthen the duration of the deal he signed when Amakhosi brought him on board at the start of the 2019/20 season.
Nurkovic, however, will earn significantly more, though sources say his new package is still only a fraction of what he would have been making had he moved to the Gulf region.
He remains sidelined after undergoing surgery in September, but has begun training and is expected to feature in Hunt’s match day squad when the Premier Soccer League resumes sometime in January.
See the list of other Chiefs players waiting for decision on their futures below...