Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp says Hendrick Ekstein
is a valuable member of his squad but is unavailable due to an ongoing contract
Ekstein's deal with Chiefs comes to an end at the conclusion
of 2018/19 and though he has been offered a new two-year contract by the club,
the financial terms on offer have fallen short of his expectations.
Middendorp rates the 28-year-old highly saying he is one of
the best players he has ever coached in his long career.
However, while the attacking midfielder is receiving rich
praise from the German - his only contribution this season in 18 appearances
has been one goal and one assist in all competitions.
As such, it seems that the Glamour Boys management are
offering terms that represent his statistical impact rather than what potential
he may offer in future. Ekstein has not featured at all in Chiefs' last two
Middendorp told reporters: "You know sometimes players
are busy with private issues, busy with certain circumstances. If they can be
made responsible for it or not, I don't know actually.
"He is a very important player in the squad and
deserves to play like every player who is 100% committed and directed and shows
it on the training ground (he must play).
"Actually, I don't know. It's not about Ekstein and
it's not about (Dumsani) Zuma. It's the brand.
"It's about the reputation of the team and we have this
process where everybody understands more and more of what has to be contributed
to be successful at the end of the day."