Absa Premiership

Castro was never a target for Chiefs

2017-09-06 18:07
Leonardo Castro (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs communications manager Vina Maphosa has dismissed suggestions that Leonardo Castro was on the club's radar during the transfer window.

The 28-year-old striker had been linked with a move away from Mamelodi Sundowns recently due to the emergence of Percy Tau at Chloorkop last term.

Castro impressed for the Brazilians in his debut campaign, scoring 10 goals in 23 Premiership appearances as Pitso Mosimane's side won a record seventh domestic title.

But the Colombian saw much less game time in his second season, starting just four league matches and failing to find the back of the net in his 14 outings.

Chiefs were reportedly interested in acquiring his services, but pulled out of a deal due to Sundowns' asking price for Castro, who has entered the final year of his contract in Tshwane.

Maphosa, though, has poured cold water on the rumours, insisting that the former Club Universitario marksman was never a target for Amakhosi.

"We never wanted to sign Castro," he told Isolezwe. "I have a list of players who were signed. There are those that I know we were targeting, but Castro was not one of them."

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