Stellenbosch FC star Junior Mendieta is a wanted man in his home country of Argentina, the player has confirmed.
Mendieta, 28, has been one of the standout players for Stellies during his first season in the DStv Premiership and played a role in their quest to retain their top-flight status.
While their 14th placed finished didn't meet the standards of the Cape Winelands side's lofty ambitions, the Argentine was one of several positives for the club.
Kaizer Chiefs were said to be attracted to the South American player who is now left with two years in his three-year contract and it's now been revealed he could have been lost to South African football had it not been for his loyalty.
"Yes yes I'm in Stellenbosch, I could not go to my country [during off-season] because of the [Covid-19] virus and Argentina closed the borders with some countries," he tells KickOff.com.
Asked about reports linking him with other clubs, Chiefs, in particular, Mendieta said: "That I [do] not know and they have [not] communicated with me not until now.
"I have had offers from Argentinian teams in the first division, Patronato and Platense are the teams. but I would like to stay a few years outside the country and become strong. Maybe new doors open for me in the future."
Scroll through the gallery to see Stellenbosch exit-list during the off-season
He added: "It was a difficult season for the team [Stellenbosch] and for me also adapting to the entire country and for my family.
"It's already new season that comes and the grabbing with a little more knowledge and experience of the game and I'll prepare to give that big jump for what I came here for and try to give the best in Stellenbosch, a club that opened the door for me."
Mendieta netted three goals and registered two assists in 17 starts for Stellies featuring predominantly in the number 10 role.