The agent of Siyanda Xulu has given an update regarding the Maritzburg United defender's future with talk that he may have “unfinished business” in Gauteng.
Speaking during a press conference with the SA Football Journalists Association, prominent agent Paul Mitchell of Siyavuma Sports Group confirmed that his client’s contract with the Team of Choice was up next month, but there were no offers yet from anyone locally, including the country’s top sides.
Xulu is an ex-Kaizer Chiefs defender having joined Amakhosi in 2015 as a marquee signing from Russia’s Rostov FC, but his stay at Naturena wasn’t quite what he’d hoped for and it was no surprise when he left to join Maritzburg two years later.
A player of his quality, with a few Bafana Bafana appearances under his belt, having played for Mamelodi Sundowns and then went abroad, would have clubs queuing for his services – especially if he becomes a free agent.
But it’s likely that with football halted by the Coronavirus, clubs are waiting it out.
“Siyanda has been talked about a lot lately purely because it’s a known fact that he will be out of contract in June. We’ve had some discussions with Maritzburg prior to Covid-19 and that continues. From his point of view his next deal is important – he is turning 29 in December and he is going into the twilight of his career in terms of being able to earn good money, so that’s at the forefront of his mind,” said Mitchell.
“You could say he has unfinished business to a degree in Johannesburg, but I don’t think he views it like that. It’s about getting him the best possible deal that would suit him financially to plan for life after football. He also wants the right project. He has been very happy at Maritzburg – a fantastic club with a family atmosphere. He has worked with a couple of coaches under Fadlu (Davids) and now Eric (Tinkler), but at the moment is just a matter of looking at what’s out there. His preference would be to go abroad if the opportunity came, like any player would.”
Will Chiefs, Sundowns and Orlando Pirates consider him an option for bolster their back four next season and not have to pay a transfer fee?
“He had a great experience in Russia for two years, but his last year was very hard because he did not get paid for nearly 10 months. That is a lot for any young man at that age, who is away from home, to cope with. At the moment there’s nothing – no pre-contracts, no negotiations from a local capacity, apart from Maritzburg, we will see,” his agent said.
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