Mashaba is still on a professional football entry-level salary, despite the fact that he is the only player at the club to have broken into Bafana Bafana last season.
KickOff.com has been told that while Mashaba remains very much unhappy about his contract, Stars have also been offered in the region of R2.8million by Bidvest Wits, who have also already promised to more than triple what the 23-year-old is currently earning.
While Stars have so far chosen not to accept Wits' offer, Mashaba is holding out for either a move to Wits or an improved terms on his salary – known to KickOff.com – if he is to stay.
Mashaba missed the season opener on Saturday – ironically against Wits – after choosing not to return to Bethlehem after Stars' MTN8 loss to SuperSport United on August 4.
Apparently when Mashaba arrived at Stars last season – with just two PSL starts from his time at Platinum Stars – he was offered an entry-level contract and given a one-year deal with an option of a further two years, with the first year to be used as a 'test year', in which he had to prove himself.
However, Mashaba's value has shot up, as he has now proven himself beyond any reasonable doubt, after starting 29 games in all competitions last season and breaking into the Bafana set-up.
With that superb showing the club long ago exercised the option of a further two years on the player's contract, on terms that he is unhappy about.
"Mashaba is training in the gym in Jozi," KickOff.com's source says. "The reality of all this is that he wants an improved contract at Stars or a move to Wits with whom he has already agreed an appetising deal, which will greatly improve his life and bring him closer to home.
"He is just unhappy with what he is earning at Stars and feels he has proven himself to get a vastly improved deal at the club.
"Just as much as the Wits deal is way too good to resist, Mashaba will still be happy to stay at Stars if they can also improve terms of his contract."
Several players, such as Mpho Makola, Ayanda Gcaba and Manto Moholo, have just recently chosen to leave Stars, as they were unhappy about what they were earning, while Edward Manqele, now at Mamelodi Sundowns, now earns more than four times what he was getting at Stars.