Why star feared staying at Sundowns

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A former Mamelodi Sundowns star has opened up about his reason for leaving the club despite coach Pitso Mosimane having expressed a desire to keep him.

Mosimane has been vocal of players leaving Sundowns for opportunities in Europe too soon, sharing these sentiments over the exits of Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly and Percy Tau.

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"Keagan needs one or two more years before we can talk about moving overseas. He can go because everyone wants him, but he is not a product that’s ready for Europe yet,” 'Jingles' expressed at the time of Dolly's move to Ligue 1 side Montpellier in January 2017.

The 27-year-old has since explained that even though he has struggled for a regular place in France, he is happy that he left Chloorkop at the time he did.

"With me always talking about my injuries, it sounds like I'm making excuses but the main reason why I'm still here and working hard is because of the support structure I have – my family, agent, fiancé here with me in France, they're always here to assure me," Dolly told the South African Football Journalists' Association.

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"This is something I've always wanted, and with young guys like Teboho Mokoena and the others doing well in the PSL, it's for me to also work hard enough to show that if you persevere and set your mind to it, things can go well.

"The reason why I always moved from team to team and never stayed too long at one team was because I always want to challenge myself and grow as a player and person.

"I felt like if I stayed at Sundowns, I wasn't going to grow and become complacent, and it's better for me to not play this side but learn and become a better person on and off the field, than to stay in South Africa where people love me and I know I might play week in and week out but it's not benefitting me.

"I want to still stay this side and I'm not thinking of coming home any time soon."

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