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Gordinho snubbed Celtic to join Wits

Lorenzo Gordinho (Gallo Images)
Lorenzo Gordinho (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Lorenzo Gordinho's agent Mike Makaab has explained why his client chose Bidvest Wits over Bloemfontein Celtic.

Gordinho signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with the Clever Boys on Wednesday after falling out of favour at the Soweto giants.

And it has now been revealed that the 25-year-old turned down an offer from Celtic, where he spent 12 months on loan in 2018, so as to remain close to his family in Johannesburg.

"His family is based in Johannesburg and that’s why he wanted to remain in Johannesburg. Celtic were keen on a loan deal and it wasn’t an easy decision for Lorenzo. Remember, he had happy times during his spell with Bloemfontein Celtic and Max Tshabalala (the club’s chairperson) wanted to have him back," Makaab told IOL.

"We spoke at length with Celtic, and Wits were keen on a permanent deal. They (Celtic) then realised that there was no chance that they could get him on a permanent deal. Lorenzo was keen to join Wits, which made it easy. The two clubs engaged and agreed on an early release and the deal was sealed."

- TeamTalk Media