“Xulu has unfinished business in Joburg”


Siyanda Xulu’s contract at Maritzburg United is set to expire in June, and his agent Paul Mitchell of Siyavuma Sports Group says the player has unfinished business in the city of gold but has not ruled out a stay at the KwaZulu-Natal outfit.

According to Mitchell, Xulu is happy at ‘The Team of Choice’ and the club is likely to get first preference to retain the centre-back.

“You could say he has unfinished business to a degree, I suppose, in Johannesburg, but I don’t think we really view it like that and I don’t think he does either,” said Mitchell during an online press conference of the South African Football Journalists Association (Safja).

“He’s been very, very happy at Maritzburg – they’re a fantastic club with a family atmosphere and he’s worked under coaches like Eric [Tinkler] and Fadlu [Davids], which he’s enjoyed a lot,” – Mitchell. Picture: Maritzburg. 
“It’s more basically now about being able to get him the best possible deal that would suit him financially and start to put him onto planning for his after-football life and, at the same time, the right project.

“Siyanda’s been talked about a lot lately, purely because, obviously, it’s a known fact that he’s out of contract in June.  We’ve had some discussions previous to COVID-19 with Maritzburg, and that continues. From Siyanda’s point of view, his next deal is important to him because he’s turning 29 in December this year,” added Mitchell.

Mitchell went on to say that they are looking for the best possible offer and club for the former Kaizer Chiefs defender.

“So, he’s going into his sort of twilight years of his career in terms of being able to earn good money, so that’s in the forefront of his mind.

“But at the moment, it’s a question of just looking at what’s out there. His preference, I’ll be honest with you, would be to go abroad if that opportunity came, but it has to be the right opportunity. He wouldn’t want to just go anywhere.

“So, just to reiterate, it’s just about the best possible deal, and that’s what we’re looking for. At the moment nothing is done. There’s no pre-contracts. There’s been no negotiations apart from with Maritzburg, obviously, and we’ll just see,” concluded Mitchell.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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