George Maluleka has revealed one major detail about his move from Kaizer Chiefs to Mamelodi Sundowns that his haters still don't understand.
'Mido' is on a performance-based contract at Chloorkop after leaving Naturena behind almost one year ago.
"We negotiated for long, going back and forth," Maluleka tells KICK OFF magazine in the latest edition currently on sale.
"I made it no secret that I needed security as well, and personally I felt like I didn’t have that. I don’t mean to say I didn’t trust Chiefs at that time, but then this is what happens during negotiations. Chiefs said we will look after you and they did that for all the years that I was there. I didn’t want to leave but it then happened that after we negotiated, we couldn’t agree on terms.
"It was then that I pursued the option of the other people that had shown interest in me and went to hear what they had to say. This was after I had exhausted my talks with Chiefs. There were a lot of breakdowns during the talks and we just couldn’t find common ground… on the other side [Chiefs] it was made to look like I was now old, yet overseas there are players who are at their peak at 32," he says in extracts from our in-depth interview featured as the new issue's cover story.
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Maluleka has made only nine appearances for the champions this season despite the club playing well over 20 matches already.
"A lot of people think that I came to Sundowns because of the money but then I am on a performance contract and I only get money if I play. I need to work hard, play, and prove how good I am by competing in the team," he explains.
"It is fine for me because nothing in this life should come easy. You must work for it. A lot of people think that Sundowns is giving me big money when that is not the case. If I am getting big money, then it means I will be fine even if I am not playing. I want to play because I want that money."
In the same interview Maluleka also talks about how he was insulted and called a traitor, how he was made to look like he was old at Chiefs and suggestions that he would be loaned out after Pitso Mosimane left for Al Ahly.
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