Castro's update on current situation


Kaizer Chiefs striker Leonardo Castro has broken his silence amid all the speculation surrounding his future and admitted to missing his homeland.

Castro’s future is currently uncertain with his contract at Chiefs set to run out once the 2019/20 season is completed, or an outcome is determined by the PSL.

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The former Mamelodi Sundowns star has been linked with an exit from the Soweto giants, with little-to-no progress having been made in contract talks.

The 31-year-old forward has enjoyed a fair contribution of eight goals in 22 matches for Amakhosi this season, but indications are that he could be lost to South African shores.

Discussing his current situation, ‘Leo’ has admitted the lockdown and travel restrictions in place have him longing for his extended family back in Colombia.

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“We all want to be closer to our families, especially in a time like this as family members need to support each other,” Castro told Chiefs’ website. 

“I am here for a while now and [have become] used to South Africa, but Colombia is my home and that is where my parents are. 

“There is nothing one can do at this stage but to have faith that this will not take long.”

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Despite the circumstances, Castro has noted that his immediate family is making the most of their time together in South Africa while he still gets to follow the club’s training programme at home.

“I teach my wife English. I also do school with the kids. We are at home and taking part in activities, including training,” he added.

“The kids are enjoying doing new things. We received school programmes before lockdown. It keeps us busy every day and they are enjoying it a lot.

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“Training is all about discipline. I take care of myself and follow the team programme religiously. Some days I put in extra work when necessary. With all the training we do, I miss the action on the pitch with the rest of the squad.”

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