Ex-Chiefs goal­keeper, in de­mand­ing mil­lions more in salary pay­ments, may end up hav­ing to set­tle for less at Downs, writes

Ti­mothy Molobi

CityPress - - Sport -

Itumeleng Khune has alien­ated his for­mer club and might have al­lowed his po­ten­tial suitor to take him less se­ri­ously. City Press has learnt that the ag­ile for­mer Kaizer Chiefs goal­keeper’s pending move to bigspend­ing Mamelodi Sun­downs is in jeop­ardy and might not end up go­ing as smoothly as ini­tially ex­pected.

Khune might have been mis­led by prom­ises of big money, ac­cord­ing to an in­sider.

Af­ter part­ing ways with his child­hood club Chiefs, it seems that Sun­downs may now also be reneg­ing on their ini­tial un­der­tak­ings.

Khune, Tefu Mashamaite and Mandla Masango were re­port­edly mak­ing un­rea­son­able salary de­mands, which re­sulted in Amakhosi not ex­tend­ing their con­tracts.

The Sun­downs in­sider said the Brazil­ians were now ne­go­ti­at­ing from a po­si­tion of strength. As the erst­while Bafana num­ber one goal­keeper had been dumped by Chiefs, Sun­downs were now call­ing all the shots.

“What he is ask­ing for is too much and, be­cause it has al­ready been pub­lished, it would cause prob­lems within the [Sun­downs] team,” said the source.

“It is not like the club can­not af­ford to pay it, but it will divide the team.”

“The club knows that it is the only club that has a good chance of sign­ing him be­cause the big­gest com­pe­ti­tion [Chiefs] is out of the pic­ture now and his chances of cross­ing the floor to Pi­rates are min­i­mal be­cause of the his­tory be­tween the two teams,” the source added.

Khune is likely to find him­self in a com­pro­mis­ing sit­u­a­tion – and des­per­ate to agree to Sun­downs’ of­fer. He will earn his last salary from Chiefs at the end of this month.

“They might have lured him with a big pay cheque and he was ne­go­ti­at­ing with Chiefs on the strength of what was hap­pen­ing with Downs.

“But he could have been mis­led and got­ten him­self into a po­si­tion where he thought it was bet­ter to exit Chiefs. Now Sun­downs wants to re­view the num­bers – and you can’t blame them, be­cause they are now ne­go­ti­at­ing from a po­si­tion of power,” the in­sider re­vealed.

But the source added that there was still a huge pos­si­bil­ity that Khune could end up at Chloorkop – even if the club did not meet his ex­or­bi­tant de­mands.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Khune was av­er­ag­ing a salary of R3.9 mil­lion a sea­son, or R325 000 per month, and wanted an in­crease that would en­able

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