Cape Town - George Maluleka has agreed on a
pre-contract with Mamelodi Sundowns after turning down Kaizer Chiefs' offer of
a new and improved deal.
The 31-year-old has been free to discuss terms with
interested clubs since the turn of the year, with his current deal set to
expire at the end of the Premiership campaign.
Amakhosi did try to die down the Tembisa-born star to a new
contract but negotiations did not reach a satisfactory conclusion for both
The club issued a statement on their official website,
explaining the sequence of events that led to Maluleka spurning their offer in
favour of a switch to Pitso Mosimane's Sundowns.
"The contract talks between Kaizer Chiefs and
midfielder George 'Mido' Maluleka have reached an unexpected ending," the
"Kaizer Chiefs offered the 31-year-old a two-year
contract extension + one-year option to renew on his current contract, but he
turned it down.
"Following a string of negotiations, the player himself
revealed to the club that he has signed a pre-contract with Mamelodi Sundowns.
"Notably, Mamelodi Sundowns have not informed Chiefs
about their engagements with George Maluleka as protocol dictates."
Maluleka has featured regularly under the guidance of head
coach Ernst Middendorp this season, making 24 appearances in all competitions,
providing five assists in the process.
He joined the Soweto giants from SuperSport United in 2014
and also counts Ajax Cape Town and Pretoria University amongst his former clubs.
- TEAMtalk media