Al Ahly head coach Pitso Mosimane says Mamelodi Sundowns star Gaston Sirino is crying for the chance to join the African champions.
Sundowns ended the long protracted transfer saga in December stating the two clubs were far about from agreeing on a valuation for the move.
Mosimane and Sirino have both not hid their desire to reunite in Cairo and the Red Devils coach has now offered further insight in the behind the scenes details surrounding the failed move for the Uruguayan playmaker.
"I spoke to the South American, the agent who gave us [Sundowns] Sirino. He suggested a few players. We are monitoring the players he has recommended‚" Mosimane told SAFJA.
"And we move on with Gaston Sirino. I mean‚ you have seen what he said, he has spoken straight and openly about missing out on the opportunity to play for the biggest club on the continent.
"I understand. We must remember‚ when I recruit‚ I do it with a vision and I tell the players that vision.
"And I told Sirino [when he joined Sundowns]‚ 'look‚ at your age'‚ because he came to South Africa aged 26‚ and said‚ 'and you have missed Europe‚ no doubt about that. So your chance is China‚ the Middle East or South Africa'.
"I said‚ 'at this point in time South Africa is giving you that opportunity. Come here and do well and when you play in the [Champions League]‚ in the [Club] World Cup‚ the Middle East will see you‚ and that’s your future beyond Sundowns."
"I mean we all know the financial remunerations that are happening in football. Xavi left Barca to go there [manager of Qatar club Al Sadd]‚ [Andres] Iniesta left Barca to go to Asia. It’s a no-brainer why everybody is going.
"It is the same situation for Gaston. That was the only part for him moving [to Sundowns]. From South America you go to the Middle East or South Africa‚ or China‚ or follow Dino Ndlovu’s route especially when you are over 25‚ 26.
"Back home that education still needs to be there for players and even coaches. Once you're past 25 and you’re still good you've got to make sure the contracts are right‚ because there are only a few years to go.
"So, unfortunately, Gaston is 29 now‚ he’s going to 30. So I understand how he was reacting to say‚ 'I've got a chance to make a bit more for my family‚ and myself‚ because that might be my last contract'."
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While Ahly's pursuit for Sirino began before Moismane's historic move to Egypt he went on to defend the player who asked to leave the club just months after signing a lucrative long-term deal with Masandawana.
"OK‚ you can say he signed a five-year contract at Sundowns. But I also signed a four-year contract [at Downs]. Life is like that‚" the two-time CAF Champions League winner explained.
"Unfortunately players have 40‚ 50 years to live after football. So you’ve got to make as much as you can to sustain you for 65 years to live.
"What are you going to live on because you have no skills outside football? That’s why players move to Asia‚ to Japan‚ the Middle East‚ because it’s the last chance‚ they have to go.
"That’s the way it is with Gaston. He had that chance. And he’s crying for that chance, I know for sure."