Sundowns: Is it money or playing for a big team?

2014-07-06 15:02

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It is a known fact that when Sundowns come knocking, many players don’t hesitate to sign.

Is it about the money? Or is it about the glamour of playing for a big team?

A source close to the player said Manyisa seemed confused after his agent showed him what Sundowns were offering.

But Manyisa poured cold water on reports linking him to Sundowns. He said his focus was with Pirates.

“I am in [preseason] camp now and I don’t want to be distracted by those reports. I don’t know anything about it,” said Manyisa.

However, the informant said it would be a huge mistake if the industrious midfielder were to leave the club as he was highly regarded at Pirates.

The source said Manyisa should learn from what happened to former Bucs stars Steve Lekoelea and Benedict Vilakazi, who ended up regretting leaving Pirates in the first place.

“They were adored by management and supporters alike. But after forcing their moves from the club, they ended up begging for forgiveness.

“They were big when they were still playing for Pirates but look at where they are now.

“I’m not saying he should accept peanuts because he deserves more. If they take him as their most prized asset, then they must give him more money,” said the source.

Rather than move, he should stay and fight for what he deserves at the club.

“I am sure he can get what he wants from Pirates. The club has been good to him after signing him from nowhere. There’s even a talk of him getting the number 10 jersey – which on its own shows how the club regards him,” said the informer.

In the end it would be his decision. Manyisa has established himself as Pirates’ key player since joining the club in 2008.

Pirates administrative officer Floyd Mbele also said he knew nothing about the Sundowns approach.

He said the only offer the club received was from a Russian club.

“We know nothing about Sundowns and,anyway, he is not for sale. Looking at our programme next year we will need all our best personnel as it will be hectic participating in the CAF Confederations Cup and domestic competitions,” said Mbele.

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