- Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is aware of the damage forcing Percy Tau to remain with the club could cause to its reputation among players
- Mosimane feels if the club forced players like Tau and Khama Billiat to remain at the club other players would be wary of joining the side
- Billiat was allowed to transfer to Kaizer Chiefs ahead of the new season and Percy Tau is expected to move to England
Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is aware of the possible damage forcing players like Percy Tau and Khama Billiat to stay with the club could cause to its reputation among prospective players.
Mosimane is aware that the club has built a bit of a reputation in recent years for blocking player moves despite publicly claiming to support those moves.
Mosimane feels this could lead to prospective players shunning Mamelodi Sundowns out of fear that they will be locked into a contract which is no-longer in their or even the club’s best interests.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Mosimane once again said he and the management of Mamelodi Sundowns were committed to helping Tau make the move to Europe. He added that the club was trying to ensure that Tau would receive the best possible deal and move to one of the top leagues.
Mosimane was more magnanimous when it came to the reasons behind allowing Khama Billiat to move to Kaizer Chiefs. Kickoff.co.za reported that Mosimane said the club were unwilling to meet Billiat’s demands.
The club decided to release Billiat to avoid the risk of drama and conflict unfolding behind the scenes which can result from a disgruntled player being forced to stay against his will.
Mosimane said this decision was based around a philosophy at Mamelodi Sundowns of looking after its players. This philosophy is also important to the club’s ambitions of retaining and attracting high-calibre players.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za earlier reported that Brighton Hove and Albion have reportedly made a last-ditch offer to Mamelodi Sundowns to secure Tau’s services. Sources claim the club has given Sundowns 24 hours to accept the deal or they will walk away.
The deal is reportedly worth around R50 million and could net the club up to R65 million after add-ons and bonuses are applied. This figure would obliterate the previous transfer record of R24.5 million.
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