Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane insists that principle, not money, is the reason why his contract talks have stalled.
The highly successful Masandawana boss is hoping to sign one last contract at Chloorkop but he has revealed that the negotiations are stuck at 80%.
It has been reported that the two parties have as yet failed to come to an agreement due to Mosimane's financial demands, but he has rejected the notion, insisting that it's a matter of principle.
"Negotiations are still where they were‚ there is 20% left," said Mosimane, as quoted by TimesLIVE.
"It is about principle and not money‚ trust me it is not about money. I am not playing around and saying money... its principle.
"It is important that Sundowns are happy and I am happy and if you ask the Sundowns management they will tell you it is not about money. If Sundowns grants me those things (the 20% stalling the negotiations)‚ we are almost there."
"I love this team and I want to stay. I built this team, but this thing must go both ways‚ the club is at the stage where they can get any coach they want," he added.
"They can even get a better and bigger coach because the team is big. They had Barcelona legends here in Johan Neskeens and Hristo Stoichkov‚ I am not going to fool myself because I know that they can get a better coach.
"Supporters love me and I love them, and I am respected at the club. I have a very good relationship with the president of the club Mr Patrice Motsepe and let those things be on the contract.
"Neskeens won the Champions League with Frank Rijkaard but African football is totally different, and it is very complex. Maybe you can give Jose Mourinho a team in SA and let's see if with that knowledge he can turn it around in the Champions League. Africa is not Europe‚ it is very complex."
- TeamTalk Media