Influential Mamelodi Sundowns attacking midfielder Gaston Sirino will stay with Chloorkop, at least for the time being.
Sundowns and Sirino’s longtime Egyptian admirer Al Ahly failed to close a deal before the Premier Soccer League (PSL) transfer window slammed at midnight on Monday.
Al Ahly, who won a ninth record title in the Caf Champions League last Friday under Sirino’s former coach Pitso Mosimane, was flatly rejected by Sundowns.
« You made an offer that we refused, » Sundowns’ chief officer Yogesh Singh told TimesLIVE on Tuesday.
« Negotiations are closed for us and Sirino remains our player. Unless they come back to the table with a better, fairer offer that shows respect for sunsets, nothing will happen.
« For us this matter is closed and he will remain our player until they come back to us with a better offer. ”
Even though Sundowns turned down Al Ahly’s offer and the PSL transfer window closed on Monday, Sirino can still connect to Mosimane in Cairo as the Egyptian window closes on Sunday.
If Sirino is signed by Al Ahly this week, he will miss the early stages of the Caf Champions League. However, the Egyptians will be able to register him in January as another window has to be opened before the group stage.
Sirino, who has been a revelation at Sundowns since arriving from South America in 2018, has won three championship titles playing alongside Themba Zwane, Percy Tau and Sibusiso Vilakazi.
This season, Sirino has only played for Sundowns in the MTN8 quarterfinal loss to Bloemfontein Celtic, missing all five DStv Premiership games that ended in four wins and one draw.
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