Khune stays for now but watch this space

2012-01-21 21:03

Despite renewing his contract with Kaizer Chiefs, goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune could still be lost to Amakhosi.

And midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has not signed any paperwork with the club yet.

City Press has established, through their business manager Jazzman Mahlakgane, that there is an escape clause in Khune’s new contract, which he signed on Friday, while the deadline for Crystal Palace to make Tshabalala an offer is Tuesday.

Khune has agreed to a three-year contract.

Mahlakgane said the clause protects the player if he were to leave the club.

The Bafana number one is scheduled to jet out to England for trials at First Division club Palace early next month.

“I am happy with how the negotiations unfolded and that Chiefs understood Itu’s situation should he get an overseas move. Normally players become too expensive if they have an existing contract but we managed to come to an arrangement with Chiefs which suits both parties,” said Mahlakgane.

He said the delay in signing the contract was “to iron out a few things and tweak one or two things in the figures”.

He denied asking for exorbitant figures but would not say how much the two parties had agreed on to keep Khune at Naturena.

Regarding the future of Tshabalala, Mahlakgane said he was still awaiting Palace’s offer for the player after he underwent trials at the Championship outfit a week ago. He believes his client impressed during the 10-day stay.

Palace want to cash in on Tshabalala as he will become a free agent at the end of the season and Mahlakgane said it would not make business sense if the player were to sign before knowing the outcome of his trial.

Mahlakgane was optimistic that it would not be long before Tshabalala’s future was decided.

“Should nothing come at the beginning of the week from Palace, there will be an agreement between ourselves and Chiefs. We have given them enough time to put an offer on the table.”

But he was quick to point out that it was not a foregone conclusion that Tshabalala would sign any offer Palace presented.

He said there were a few factors they would consider before agreeing terms.

“Firstly we will look at the cost of living in England against what he would potentially get at home if he stays at Chiefs.”

He said if the Palace offer was not attractive, Tshabalala would happily sign with Chiefs.

“The sooner this issue is settled the better for both parties so life can go on.”

Chiefs supporters will breathe a sigh of relief that five players, including Khune, had their contracts renewed.

Josta Dladla’s contract was also extended by a further year with an option of another season.

And Zimbabwean defenders Thomas Sweswe and Jimmy Jambo as well as midfielder Abia Nale have all extended their contracts for three years.

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