BREAKING: Contract renewal talks for Sundowns star turn ugly!

There seems to be yet another fresh twist with regards contract negotiations between Mamelodi Sundowns and Teboho Mokoena 

On Monday, this publication reported that Sundowns and Mokoena were at a stalemate with regards a contract renewal. 

Mokoena only joined Sundowns in the January transfer window of 2022, coming in from cross-town rivals SuperSport United. Before joining the Brazilians, he was also heavily linked with a move to Kaizer Chiefs. They then seemed to fall out of the race, with a club in Belgium joining and competing with Masandawana. In the end, it was the DStv Premiership champions that bid more and ended up getting his signature.

Since joining Sundowns, Mokoena has been a mainstay on their side. He has also been a transformed player under Rulani Mokwena, with his game going to another level. Since joining the club, he has won three league titles, MTN8Nedbank Cup and African Football League Cup. Besides Mokwena, he has also found himself as a key cog in Hugo Broos’ Bafana Bafana midfield. 

Mokoena has attracted interest from abroad and the continent

With Mokoena having stellar performances for Bafana Bafana throughout Afcon, it’s no surprise that he would garner international interest. Clubs in the English Premier League and Ligue 1 are thought to be interested in the player. Even on the continent, he has suitors in Al Ahly.

In an effort to not be found wanting, Sundowns have tried to tie down Mokoena to a new long-term deal. This publication reported yesterday, citing Soccer-Laduma that there was a twist in the tale and the two parties are moving in the right direction. 

Now speaking to SABC Sport Mokoena’s agent Glyn Binkin has reacted angrily to the reports they’re making progress with Sundowns!

Agent Binkin slams falls reports about progress with Sundowns!

“We were rather surprised and disappointed to read in the media, reports emanating from sources close to Sundowns that discussions between the parties in respect of a new deal are on track and we are close to finalising such a deal. We have purposely stayed out of the media out of respect to Sundowns and the sensitivity around the negotiations, but feel it necessary to correct what has been said and written, and therefore set the record straight so as not to mislead anyone. There have been in discussions and negotiations since November, and sadly are no closer to finalising a new deal, which has led to a lot of frustration and disappointment for both myself and my client in this regard.” Said Binkin on the matter.

He also hopes that he, Mokoena and Sundowns can find a quick resolution to this matter.

“However, we are hopeful the club will present a revised offer, which will bring this to finality and in the best interests of all concerned, so that the player can continue producing Man of the Match performances for Sundowns for years to come.” He concluded. 

Is this a sign that Mokoena prefers to stay at Sundowns rather than push for an overseas deal?