Update issued on future of Bucs target

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An update has been given on the future of a prominent former Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs player, who is now reportedly on the shopping list of Orlando Pirates.

Maritzburg United defender Siyanda Xulu has been reported to have sparked the interest of Pirates in recent times, with his current deal in KwaZulu-Natal set to run out in June.

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The 28-year-old, who previously turned out for the likes of Sundowns and more recently Chiefs, may want to attend to 'unfinished business' in Gauteng once his deal is up in Maritzburg.

However, his agent Paul Mitchell of Siyavuma Sports Group has since detailed the way forward, with the Team of Choice possibly getting first option to retain the Bafana Bafana international.

"Siyanda's been talked about a lot lately, purely because, obviously, it's a known fact that he's out of contract in June," Mitchell told the South African Football Journalists' Association.

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"We've had some discussions previous to COVID-19 with Maritzburg, and that continues. From Siyanda's point of view, his next deal is important to him because he's turning 29 in December this year.

"So he's going into his sort of twilight years of his career in terms of being able to earn good money, so that's in the forefront of his mind.

"You could say he has unfinished business to a degree, I suppose, in Johannesburg, but I don't think we really view it like that and I don't think he does either.

"It's more basically now about being able to get him the best possible deal that would suit him financially and start to put him onto planning for his after-football life and, at the same time, the right project.

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"He's been very, very happy at Maritzburg – they're a fantastic club with a family atmosphere and he's worked under coaches like Eric [Tinkler] and Fadlu [Davids], which he's enjoyed a lot.

"But at the moment, it's a question of just looking at what's out there. His preference, I'll be honest with you, would be to go abroad if that opportunity came, but it has to be the right opportunity. He wouldn't want to just go anywhere.

"So, just to reiterate, it's just about the best possible deal, and that's what we're looking for. At the moment nothing is done. There's no pre-contracts. There's been no negotiations apart from with Maritzburg, obviously, and we'll just see."

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