Cape Town - Midfielder George Lebese turned down an offer to join an unnamed club in Turkey to remain with Kaizer Chiefs.
According to Soccer Laduma, the 26-year-old Chiefs star inked a new deal at the Naturena last week with Amakhosi because of his loyalty to the club and his relationship with club's football manager, Bobby Motaung.
It is revealed that the team that wanted Lebese’s services are currently in the Turkish Super Liga and tabled an offer in the region on R10 million for the midfielder in a three-year stint.
Sport24 had previously reported that Stuart Baxter, who is now the coach of Genclerbirligi SK, was keen on taking Lebese to Turkey with him - as well as few other Chiefs stars including the likes of out of contract star Mandla Masango.
However, Lebese opted to stay put at Naturena and it was Motaung that convinced him to remain at the club.
“The preliminary agreement from Turkey was mailed while George was with Bobby but George decided to sign a new deal with Chiefs instead,” said an unnamed source.
“The money in Turkey was good, better than what Chiefs offered, but George is close to Bobby. He is loyal to the club and wanted to stay at the club.”
Lebese has over 130 caps to his name in the gold and black of Chiefs and has chipped in with 16 goals after joining the club in 2008.
Lebese has made two national team appearances.