Mamelodi Sundowns to extend Leonardo Castro stay at the club for the 2017/2018 season despite lack of participation in the 2016/2017 which they conceded to rivals Bidvest Wits.
In a statement the club assured fans, soccer lovers and followers that they will keep the important player at Cloorkop despite lack of silverware this season.
“We been dealing with contracts to be renewed. Some players have option clauses in their contracts which favour the club, and we have exercised options on the contracts of players like Leo Castro and Wayne Arendse and we will be keeping them for the next year,” said Coach Pitso Mosimane.
“There has been lots of talk and speculation about our players. We need to assure our supporters that we are not casual about contracts. We are working hard to finalise them.
“People must realize that contracts are negotiated, and this is not an easy process. We recently concluded negotiations for a contract extension for our captain Hlompho Kekana, and his contract has been renewed. Keeping our captain is important. He led the team to the Champions League and the Super Cup, and through the current league season. It is important to keep him and other important players as we begin the defence of the Champions League,” he said.
“But with all the games we have been playing, we just could not tie down things as we did not want to destabilise our players either.”
Mosimane said that management had assured him that all outstanding contracts are being attended to, including the contract of Khama Billiat which is being negotiated even though he still has 18 months to run on his contract.
Mamelodi Sundowns is currently out on continental duty to face Congolese giats AS Vita, the same team they eliminated to go to the finals of the CAF Champions League last year where they won their first star in the history of the club