With Premier Soccer League clubs expected back in training over the next couple of days, George Maluleka will not be returning to Naturena.
Siya sources have explained why there is no agreement in place between the midfielder and Kaizer Chiefs ahead of his contract expiring by close of business today and his new one – at Mamelodi Sundowns – kicking in on July 1.
Amakhosi announced agreements with goalkeeper Brylon Petersen, utility player Philani Zulu and midfielder Siphelele Ntshangase yesterday, three players whose contracts were also nearing the end, but are now staying on for one more year.
Notably, there was no mention of Maluleka.
All PSL clubs have been urged to enter into short-term deals with players whose contracts would have run out by the end of this month after the Coronavirus pandemic disrupted the normal flow of life as we know it, halting football across the globe.
FIFA, in reacting to the crisis, has since told all member associations that these short-term agreements should only be entered into with the consent of the player.
Furthermore, in a letter directly to the SA Football Association, the world governing body adds that – in Maluleka’s case for instance – Chiefs should have been given first preference to conclude the season with the original squad.
Insiders have suggested that Amakhosi were conflicted regarding making the temporary offer to ‘Mido’, and have questioned his commitment!
It’s thought the player’s decision to sign a pre-contract with rivals Sundowns while still in talks with Chiefs over a new deal irked management, who, according to sources, issued a statement that negotiations had broken down almost as soon as they learnt that the player had put pen to paper elsewhere.
The Siya crew subsequently reported that Maluleka’s move was one also influenced by Downs’ lucrative offer – believed to be just over R5-million per annum and making him one of the highest paid players at Chloorkop.
Chiefs, however have since confirmed that the club will not hold on to Maluleka to conclude the current season.
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