Mamelodi Sundowns co-head coach Manqoba Mngqithi has insisted that the club won’t stand in Gaston Sirino’s way and will sell him as long as his valuation is met.
Mngqithi made it clear that Sundowns have a strict value for their players who are being chased by other clubs and they are willing to look at offers for the Uruguayan international as the “club doesn’t want to kill his career”.
Sirino was heavily linked with a move to the Cairo giants, Al Ahly with the player reportedly eager to reunite with his former coach Pitso Mosimane.
But Mosimane failed in his persistent attempt to lure influential Sirino to Cairo as Sundowns stopped the negotiations in December, saying Al Ahly were not offering them enough.
However, Mngqithi has stated that Sirino has displayed great commitment during pre-season and is set to make an appearance when the ‘Brazilians’ host Kaizer Chiefs in the quarterfinal of the MTN8 on Sunday.
“When he came back from Uruguay, he looked interested and committed to play within the club. He looked serious with his training but unfortunately, he got a knock on his knee which was a great one. But he’s back with us this week,” said the Sundowns coach.
“But we haven’t seen how he’s going to come up. But the truth of the matter, in terms of the outlook, it doesn’t look like he wants to leave. But I think the club is very clear in that space that if he has to leave, and people are interested, they must bring an offer.”
“The club is very considerate. The club doesn’t want to kill Gaston’s career. That is very important from the chairman, the board, and the technical team. If he doesn’t want to play for the club, and people come with offers, the club is willing to take them.”
The door is open for Sirino to leave provided the right offer is tabled, But Mngqithi insists that “the boy looks good in terms of the commitment. I don’t have any issues with him and the coaches are also very happy with him.”
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By Tokelo Mokhesi