Denis Onyango's agent says all parties are happy to finally reach contract extension at Mamelodi Sundowns
Posted: 8 February 2017 Time: 13:07
Denis Onyango’s agent says he is happy that Mamelodi Sundowns have finally concluded the Ugandan goalkeeper’s contract talks following negotiations that stretch back to the end of last season.
The two parties had already broached the topic of a new deal before the start of the 2016/17 PSL campaign, although the Brazilians’ march to the CAF Champions League title last year took preference in terms of the club’s resources and focus.
Sundowns' stalling almost cost the club their star keeper, though, with Onyango’s representative Ivica Stankovic revealing there were offers from a number of clubs, including one in Europe.
However, Sundowns have finally come to the table and a new deal has been agreed, which will run until the end of the 2020/21 season.
“We started talking at the end of last season and it took longer because they were busy with all the competitions that they were involved in last year. The nature of negotiations is that they have no time frame,” says Stankovic, who had initially told KickOff.com he was not happy with the pace of negotiations.
“It is his [Onyango’s] desire to stay at the club and the club also wanted him to stay on. Though he had other offers including one in a small European league he chose to stay at Sundowns where he is on a good contract and could possibly retire there,” explains Stankovic.
"After moving to South Africa and winning titles it is normal that he chooses to stay on with a club where he has enjoyed so much success."
Onyango is the reigning African Player of the Year, ABSA Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season and the Ugandan Footballer of the Year.