- Contract negotiations broke down between George Maluleka and Kaizer Chiefs and it was reported that the player signed a pre-contract with Mamelodi Sundowns
- Football followers have claimed that Sundowns signed the player with the intention of derailing Chiefs' current league campaign
- Coach Pitso Mosimane has refuted those claims and says that other PSL clubs have been following a similar approach
Kaizer Chiefs and George Maluleka engaged in ongoing talks regarding a contract extension for the talented midfielder.
However, recently broke that negotiations broke down, as Maluleka revealed that he's signed a pre-contract with Mamelodi Sundowns.
Briefly.co.za reported on the revalations and that the Amakhosi weren't happy with Sundowns' approach of the player.
Following the initial furore, fans and pundits alike have claimed that Sundowns masterminded the move as a means to derail Chiefs' title campaign.
SowetanLIVE reported that coach Pitso Mosimane has rubbished the reports and clapped back at other clubs.
Mosimane asked, "When Chiefs signed Mphela we were fighting for the league, so was that a strategy for them to distract us?"
The outspoken mentor added, "Wits have done that, SuperSport have done it. Everybody has done it, they [Chiefs] have done it also."
Mosimane also reiterated his reluctance to discuss his plans involving the player until an official announcement has been made by the club.
Sundowns are set to face Highlands Park in the Nedbank Cup on Saturday, but may have to do without the injured quartet of Themba Zwane, Gaston Sirino, Tebogo Langerman and Siphelele Mkhulise.
The four stars all suffered injuries recently and Mosimane emphasised they will not be risked ahead of the crunch encounter against Orlando Pirates on Tuesday.
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