Chippa United boss Chippa Mpengesi is trying his best to keep midfielder Thabo Rakhale at the club next season despite the threat of him leaving.
Rakhale's contract is set to expire in June and he is yet to renew it, meaning the former Orlando Pirates midfielder is free to sign a pre-contract with any club.
However, Mpengesi remains hopeful Rakhale will remain with the Chilli Boys next season.
"We are busy talking to extend it. He has shown interest in staying," says Mpengesi.
"He also understands that it was this club Chippa United who revived his career that was dying. He is mindful of the mistakes that other players commit to think the grass is always greener on the other side.
"We are busy talking to his agent Mandla [Mthembu] and we are hoping to extend his stay for another two years."
Rakhale is set to face his former club Bucs in their next league match at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday (15h30).
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