Former Bafana Bafana captain, Steven Pienaar thinks that a move to Europe for Mamelodi Sundowns’ Keagan Dolly will be a good thing for him at this stage in his career, but can Sundowns afford to lose him?
The 23-year-old is arguably in the best form of his career under the mentorship of Pitso Mosimane, and at such a young age, he is yet to reach his peak.
In the transfer window last month, the Siya crew broke the news of the player’s link with a possible move to Olympiacos. Subsequently, it was reported in Soccer Laduma, that there was a contract dispute between the player and Sundowns, which saw the Greek giants retract their bid for the player. This according to a Siya source.
Indications are that the club is reluctant to lose the player’s services, as he’s currently contributing greatly to their run in the CAF Champions League.
However, Siya sources have suggested that once the player’s camp and Sundowns are able to settle the dispute, Olympiacos could reignite their interest in the player come the January transfer window.
The Siya crew asked Pienaar in an exclusive interview with Soccer Laduma, if he thought a move abroad would be good for the player.
“Definitely! If you are 20 and you are not playing in Europe, if you do get an opportunity to go when you are 22 or 23, I would say that you definitely have to take it! It will be good for him and it will be good for the national team. He will develop and get more used to the physical and the technical side of the game in Europe. So, for him, he will improve as a player,” Pienaar told the Siya crew.
To read the full exclusive interview with Steven Pienaar, check out issue 990 of Soccer Laduma.