Castro's options post Chiefs plenty but...


KickOff has been informed that Kaizer Chiefs forward Leonardo Castro will have further options to consider if his contract is not renewed at Naturena at the end of the season.

Chiefs have not yet made any commitment towards extending Castro’s deal having only played three games this term due to injury concerns.

Considering that the Colombian is in the top bracket of earners at the club with an annual package of R7 million, Chiefs will feel they can get a better return for value from elsewhere than Castro. 

Since arriving at Chiefs in January 2018 from Mamelodi Sundowns where he won four trophies in two and a half years, Castro is yet to win any silverware.

His goals return stands at 29 goals in four years which is not convincing for a centre-forward who has totalled 113 appearances through that time. 

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Word reaching this website is that considerations are already being made about options in South America.

A return to Colombia will be the most viable option for family reasons but prospects of getting a package like what he is on at Chiefs are slim.

Packages in the region of what Castro is earning at Chiefs are reserved for top earners in the Colombian Primera A, which is also at clubs that will not be even keen to consider him.

His former club Millonarios where he was groomed and had two stints with the first team are not considered in the bracket of best-paying clubs in Colombia.

As it stands options will be galore for Castro back home but then he will have to settle for a huge decrease in his earnings. 

The 32-year-old’s options have also been spread out in South America considering that he has previously played in Bolivia and Peru, but he will not earn anywhere close to what he is on at Chiefs.

Having already played for Sundowns before no club in the PSL will even attempt to entice him on a similar package or even half.

Castro has now spent seven years playing in South Africa after arriving from Bolivian outfit Club Universitario de Sucre.

He has been the longest-serving South American in the PSL era years.

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