Cape Town - Pitso Mosimane has claimed that keeping Percy Tau would be
bad for Mamelodi Sundowns' recruitment, as players with overseas ambitions
would be wary of them.
Amid reports that Brighton and Hove Albion are interested in
Tau's signature, Mosimane has confirmed that Masandawana are negotiating the
24-year-old striker's exit.
"Sundowns wants Percy to leave, I think you know
everything. Negotiations are ongoing - even today, and myself and management
have all agreed that Percy must go," Mosimane told KickOff.
"Percy knows that we have agreed that he should go,
because we'd love to see our player in the Premier League. I don't think anyone
who is sober in their mind would think Sundowns doesn't want Percy to go.
"I mean, really guys, how's that possible? How can we
do that to South Africa? How can we do that ... it won't be good for our
recruitment either. Players will say, 'No, if we go to Sundowns, we won't go overseas'."
Tau picked up the 2017/18 Footballer of the season and Absa
Premiership Player's Player of the Season awards, having finished as joint
Premiership top scorer alongside Rodney Ramagalela with 11 goals.
South African football fans were sent into a frenzy by
reports that he had skipped Sundowns' pre-season camp in Rustenburg, but the
nation now holds its breath as negotiations continue.