Cape Town - Tefu Mashamaite's agent has rubbished claims that contract talks with Kaizer Chiefs fell through due to excessive wages demands.
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The Bafana Bafana international was instrumental in AmaKhosi's Premiership and MTN8 double this term, with his efforts being rewarded with a clean sweep of top individual awards, both at the PSL and Chiefs' end-of-season galas.
However, on Tuesday it was announced that Mashamaite, along with head coach, Stuart Baxter and goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune - as well as a host of other stars - would all be departing Naturena next month.
Chiefs chairman, Kaizer Motaung, revealed the Soweto giants would not be 'held to ransom' during negotiations, but Mashamaite's representative, Jazzman Mahlakgane, insists his client's wage requests were fair and 'reasonable'.
"That's the first thing when you negotiate a new contract and if you cannot agree a deal with a team, especially after making a reasonable demand, [then] you would obviously be left disappointed," Mahlakgane told KickOff.
"The first general instinct is disappointment. We wanted to continue our relationship with them, but we just could not agree on terms for a new contract."
When asked about his client's future for next season, Mahlakgane said: "There's nothing at the moment. We are still looking at all the options. If you can give me the next few weeks then we will definitely have something for him."