Mamelodi Sundowns CEO Sizwe Nzimande explains why Leonardo Castro feels unsettles at Chloorkop
Posted: 13 July 2016 Time: 20:47
Mamelodi Sundowns CEO Sizwe Nzimande has provided clarity on the contract situation the club faced with striker Leonardo Castro.
KickOff.com previously explained that The Brazilians had taken an option on the Colombian's contract, after his initial one-year deal expired at the end of June.
However, Nzimande has further explained that, despite his stellar debut season at Chloorkop last season, Castro considered quiting his stay due to family reasons.
“He [Castro] is still under contract as we [Sundowns] have extended it. This is not a contractual issue," clarifies Nzimande.
"It is more a case of trying to find a way of how he can bring his family over to South Africa and accommodate him to be here with his family in a way that works for him. It is not a contractual scenario, because he is in contract."
Castro, who scored 14 goals in all competitions for the reigning Telkom Knockout and Absa Premiership champions, is back training with the rest of the squad after spending some time with his family back home in South America.
The 27-year-old Colombian is now looking to arrange with 'Downs for his family to join him in the country, with Nzimande confirming that Castro has the club's full backing in trying to do so.
“Castro, as you may know, has a wife and a new-born baby, who is probably now three months, and they are in Colombia," he adds.
"It is a difficult situation to have a child when you are up to 12 000 kilometres away from home.
"It was very challenging for him and we have been talking to Castro to find a solution that will make him more comfortable, because it is important to Mamelodi Sundowns that he is comfortable, so that he can focus on his game.
"That solution is in trying to figure out if it is possible to bring his wife and daughter to South Africa."
Nzimande further adds that the two parties are in continual engagement over the matter, and could soon reach an agreement to ensure the satisfaction of the player.
“It is a discussion with him and his agent, and I think we are going to find a solution.
"What is very nice is that both parties want to try and find a solution that works for Castro because he is an integral part of the team, after he did very well for us last season.
"He is very quickly becoming a true yellow son of Mamelodi Sundowns,” concludes Nzimande.