No Palace deal for Shabba

2012-01-29 08:08

Wits star Myeni goes underground after Motsepe told the midfielder to name his asking price

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala will not sign for English Championship side Crystal Palace while Bidvest Wits captain Sifiso Myeni has gone underground amid rumours that he has signed for Orlando Pirates.
Tshabalala, who had requested three days from Chiefs to ponder his future, had not heard anything from Palace by late yesterday.

Because Palace had not tabled any offer, the Bafana Bafana ­vice-captain is expected to conclude a new three-year deal with Chiefs sometime this week.

City Press has learnt that although Palace are keen to snap up the 27-year-old Tshabalala, coach Dougie Freedman will only know in a month’s time if he has the budget to splash on him.

Jazzman Mahlakgane, Tshabalala’s business manager, yesterday refused to comment on the latest developments saying he was in Kimberly where they were attending a bereavement in Jimmy Tau’s family.

But reports from the UK suggested that Palace had no money to spend on players at the moment.

Last week Mahlakgane said it was not guaranteed that Tshabalala would accept any offer from Palace and it would have to be a good business and career move.

But he said if Palace were serious about signing Tshabalala, they could enter into the same arrangement with Itumeleng Khune, who has a clause that allows him to leave the club if he is to get an overseas offer.

Khune signed a new three-year deal with the club last week but he could still move away if he gets a good offer. He is expected to attend trials at Palace next month.

In his weekly column on the club website Chiefs chairperson Kaizer Motaung wrote: “... we cannot be held to ransom by such indecisiveness whilst the deadline for acquisition is drawing close. It would help us at this stage to know so that we consolidate our plans for the future instead of being kept in the dark and unfortunately condemned as “hurting” the player.”

» Meanwhile, Pirates have “hijacked” the enterprising Myeni from under Sundowns’ wings this week.

Downs thought the deal was in the bag but Pirates dangled a mouth-watering offer to the winger which he could not turn down, according to a source close to the discussion.

On Friday, Downs president Patrice Motsepe asked Myeni to name his price but he was nowhere to be found, and apparently it was already too late as the player had apparently already concluded a deal with Pirates.

Wits and Sundowns had agreed on the sale price but Myeni could not agree to personal terms with the Brazilians.

That was when Pirates entered the fray and are believed to have convinced him to sign on a monthly salary of between R350 000 and R400 000.

Wits coach Roger de Sa said he was not aware if Myeni had signed with Pirates or not.

De Sa said the ball was in the player’s court as this was about his future.

He said he was not surprised that Myeni had gone underground as “he is confused by the figures being mentioned by the clubs”.

“I am surprised that three teams are fighting for him when he has a broken leg at the moment. The final decision is his,” said De Sa.

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