Orlando Pirates might lose one of their key player to RoyalAM.
After Signing a new 1 year extension with the Buccaneers, Orlando Pirates veteran might join another club. As things stands, his future with the club is bit shaky and uncertain. Orlando Pirates and the defender have been locked in a negotiation for a new contract, trying to find the solution for terms and conditions so that they can conclude the deal.
Jele signed a one-year contract extension with Pirates at the end of the previous season, but that deal was set to expire at the end of June 2022. The Pirates leader has enjoyed a remarkable career with the Buccaneers, which has spanned 16 years and included over 400 appearances since 2006.
“Yes, the option in his contract has been taken up by the club,” his agent, Jazzman Mahlakgane, confirmed to GOAL.
However, according to fast-growing social media platform, Unplayable, a source has revealed that the future of Jele is in serious doubt at the club, stating: “Don’t be surprised if he leaves… they are in meetings and hopefully they come to an agreement, but it doesn’t look good.”
Now, according to KickOff.com, the club is indeed believed to be assessing the long-serving captain’s future, with Royal AM possibly interested in securing his services.
“The club is going to meet him soon to determine his future. There is already huge interest to sign him. Royal AM are keen and watching his situation at Pirates,” said the source.
It was previously thought that Pirates were possibly going to eventually line up a non-playing role at the club for Jele, who is now 35-years-old.
Previously, sources speaking to The Citizen had reiterated Happy Jele’s desire to stay on at the club.
“Jele is getting another season, there is no way that he will leave the club or retire at the moment. He is currently playing at a high level even though there has been some injuries here and there. That is why there are games where he doesn’t play or he starts from the bench, but it’s all about the coaching staff managing him. The coaches have already revealed that they want to keep him, especially since he has been a good role model to the young players. They like him very much and they respect him. So, you need someone like him in a team so that there could be order and the players learn from him,” a source was quoted as saying by Phakaaathi.