Cape Town - Bafana Bafana discard May Mahlangu is now a free agent and able to sign for a new club, with rumours of teams in Spain, England, Turkey Netherlands and France after his signature.
Mahlangu’s contract with former side Goteborg in Sweden officially ended on December 31, and with the player having decided to pursue his career elsewhere in Europe, can now sign a permanent deal with another team.
Mahlangu won huge praise for his form this last season, returning the kind of displays that saw him win the 2011 Player of the Year title in Sweden while with Helsingborg.
It is a remarkable turnaround in fortunes after he spent nine months out with an Achilles problem, which scuppered a potential move away from Sweden in January last year.
There were reports that Spanish La Liga side Espanyol, based in the same city on Barcelona as Mahlangu’s business manager Rob Moore, were interested in taking the player on a free.
A move to England looks unlikely given that Mahlangu has been banned from selection for Bafana Bafana after not honouring a call-up for the African Nations Cup qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria in November, claiming he was tired.
English work permit rules are among the most stringent in Europe and require that a non-EU player be a national team regular or an “exceptional talent”.