- Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas would not comment on reports about Siphiwe Tshabalala’s rumoured move to Turkish side Erzurumspor
- Solinas said Tshabalala was currently still in his squad and had attended training as usual
- Reports emerged on Thursday claiming Tshabalala would complete a shock move to Turkey in the coming days
Kaizer Chiefs head coach Giovanni Solinas has remained tight-lipped about the future of Siphiwe Tshabalala and said he could and would not comment on reports that Tshabalala has signed for Turkish side Erzurumspor.
Solinas said he was not in the business of discussing transfers and rumours surrounding players and could only speak about players who were currently in his squad. He said that Tshabalala was currently still in the squad and training with the team.
On Tuesday shock reports emerged that Tshabalala would be flying out to Turkey in the coming days and that a deal had, in principle, been reached between Kaizer Chiefs and Erzurumspor.
Briefly.co.za gathered that according to reports Tshabalala would be unveiled by the Turkish Super Lig side in the coming days.
Tshabalala is believed to have signed a two year deal with Erzurumspor. The move will see him move away from Kaizer Chiefs where he has spent the better part of 11 years.
Solinas told Citizen.co.za that Tshabalala was a fantastic player who had made history and left a legacy with the club.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that some have expressed doubts about the validity of the claims that Tshabalala would leave Kaizer Chiefs because of some inconsistencies in the details of the move.
The reports have emanated from a website which claims to be linked to Erzurumspor but a second website which purports to be the official website of the club has made no reference to the transfer.
The Briefly.co.za team has been unable to find any mention of the rumoured move on any of the club’s official social media pages, although it must be admitted that these pages are in Turkish and have been difficult to translate.
The fact that neither Tshabalala himself nor Kaizer Chiefs have denied the news as yet is perhaps the biggest indication that there might be legitimacy behind the reported move.
Only time will tell whether Tshabalala will stay with what has become his home team or whether he will at 33-years of age take the plunge and start a new challenge.
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