'I won't stand in Xulu's way'
MAMELODI Sundowns coach Johan Neeskens says he will not stand in the way of Siyanda Xulu's desire to play overseas but a deal between the Brazilians and Russian club FC Rostov is still to be clinched.
Xulu impressed enough on trial in Russia last month to be offered a contract, but Sundowns have rejected an initial offer.
According to sources close to the deal, Rostov have offered R4m for the services of the 20-year-old defender, while Sundowns are seeking R1m more before they consider letting him go.
"I won't stand in his way though I don't think he has to go," said Neeskens, who must have had some premonition of a possible move by Xulu because he has bought Dutch defender Alje Schut and Wayne Arendse from Santos as back-up defenders in recent weeks.
"Now it is all up to the clubs to agree on a deal and that is none of my business," added the Sundowns coach, who fielded a makeshift defence on Sunday but still saw his side thrash Kaizer Chiefs in the quarterfinal of the MTN8.
Xulu arrived back from Russia one week ago but was not considered for the game against Chiefs at Loftus Versfeld because of the uncertainty over his future at the club.
Xulu would continue a tradition of South African-based players at Rostov, including Matthew Booth, Tony Coyle, Rowen Hendricks, Bennett Mnguni and Japhet Zwane.