It’s nothing scary – Ekstein’s agent

Midfielder Hendrick Ekstein's agent Palesa Mkhize has outlined what the latest is regarding their negotiations with Kaizer Chiefs.

Ekstein is due to see his current deal with Chiefs run out at the end of the season, with negotiations between the two parties having dragged on for several weeks now.

A meeting was initially scheduled for this week, but nothing has come of it as yet with the long-weekend and Amakhosi’s Nedbank Cup semi-final on the horizon.

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Mkhize says he is no longer sure when negotiations will advance after he was turned away by the club due to football manager Bobby Motaung’s absence.

“No we haven't met with the club yet,” Mkhize told KickOff.com.

“To tell you the truth, I don't know when it is going to happen because [Tuesday] I wanted to go there [to Naturena] but he [Motaung] was not there.

“It has to happen to this week, you know. If it doesn't happen this week, next week we can follow up again.”

Meanwhile, recent media reports have claimed that the 28-year-old wants a 50 percent salary increase, while Chiefs have only offered 15 percent, leaving many to wonder what sorts of figures are on the table from either party.

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While Mkhize understandably refused to give figures, he assures that their request to the club is not “scary”.

"I cannot divulge figures, you know that's personal stuff. But what we are looking for is not something that is very scary, you know,” he added.

“We do understand that we need to meet the club halfway and the player must be happy as well. But [the request] is reasonable, it's nothing that is going to scare them or something.

“Well, we do need to make a counter offer on whatever they were giving Ekstein [in his current contract], but you know how negotiations go…

“If you don't agree, you go back, you sit down and talk about it... That's why sometimes it takes forever, and of course if the two parties don't agree then we don't know, we'll see what happens.”

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