Itumeleng Khune wants to go back to Kaizer Chiefs! Daily Sun revealed that the Bafana Bafana star goalkeeper is open for a dramatic return to Amakhosi’s Naturena home.
SunSport has reliably learnt that Khune’s representatives have formally requested a meeting with the club and their football manager Bobby Motaung to “clear the air” and mend their broken relations.
The Bafana Bafana captain (28) is in limbo and currently training by himself since he is out of contract and wants to meet with management of the team he first joined as a 13-year-old.
This is before he apparently considered offers from other local and overseas options, according to an official close to the developments.
The source said: “Itu and his UK based agent Dan Lichman have formally put in a meeting request with Bobby to set up a date and hope that it could be done as soon as possible. Only after this can there be a green light to consider other options.
“Itu indicated to his agent that he cannot move forward until he gets clarity from Chiefs and if the club still wants him back.
“There are matters that may need to be cleared between himself and Bobby. He was confused when the club said at the press conference to announce his departure that they had abandoned talks with him.”
Chiefs executive chairman Kaizer Motaung was blunt in lamenting “disrespectful” Khune last month, revealing that the player was instructing the club on when they could continue negotiations.
Khune supposedly told Chiefs that he would speak to them when he comes back for pre-season training.
Lichman could not be reached for comment.
But our source went on to reject claims of high salary demands indicated in a statement issued last month.
Bobby yesterday opted not to comment on the Khune issue or the supposed return of midfielder Mandla Masango, who was also dumped after new deal talks fell through, along with Tefu Mashamaite. But the club previously indicated that the door was open on their outcast trio.
However, Masango’s situation is apparently complicated by three different representatives said to be speaking to the club on his behalf.
– Meanwhile, Mashamaite is expected to seal a deal with New York City FC in the United States this week, where he is currently on trial, and will return to SA next week Tuesday when his current visa expires.