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Dolly's father hits out at Sundowns

2017-01-15 13:19
Keagan Dolly (Getty Images)

Cape Town - The father of Mamelodi Sundowns winger Keagan Dolly has criticised the club for the manner in which they have handled his son's buyout clause.

The Bafana Bafana winger is currently embroiled in a legal battle with Downs over his buyout clause, which was reportedly amended by the Chloorkop based-outfit.

"When they were interested in Keagan - we as a family really didn't want him to go back to Sundowns," Ramon Dolly told the SABC.

"Because we had struggled to get him out of Sundowns when he was a junior.

"We sat down as a family and a company and discussed what the good way was for Keagan - it was a buyout clause, that was the only way we would let Keagan go back to Sundowns. They didn't want to put that in. Eventually they came around."

Dolly's father revealed how his son's agent together with the aid of Sundowns' commercial and legal manager, Yogesh Singh, initially set the buyout clause at R750,000, before later changing it based on new offers received.

"We came up with this figure of around R750,000, and they (Downs) agreed to it in principle. Mitchell flew to Cape Town with the contract and Keagan signed it and we all had to sign it," he added.

"All of a sudden there was a phone call from (Downs president) Patrice (Motsepe). He wanted the buyout clause to be R1.5-million, and it was a shock for us.

"And eventually for Keagan, from where he had been at Ajax, where that (his salary) was peanuts, let me be straight, playing for three years in the PSL - that was not good for him. He needed more.

"And we decided that, OK, it's good for him, let's sign the contract, but in the contract - this, I know - the amount that was in this second contract of 2015 was the [same] amount that was in the first contract of 2014, and all of a sudden it's a mistake.

"What I think is that they never thought a European club would come for Keagan. Then now they're claiming it's a mistake."

"They claim it was one mistake - it's a whole new clause there. There's a currency change, there's a date in 2015's contract the amount has changed," he said.

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