“In everbody’s career at some point they go through some difficult patches. Some challenges are harder than others and we need to respect that and give him some space.
“He’s a great player and I would love to see him back in South African football but at this stage I’d like to leave it at that.”
Rantie‚ now 28‚ has not played since October 2017 after walking out on his club in Turkey and forgoing a lucrative contract.
He told Genclerbirligi he had to go home for a relative’s funeral and never returned‚ amid reports of personal problems.
The 12 months on the sidelines saw him put on significant weight but City offered him a chance back into the game.
Rantie trained with the side over the last five months and was put on a series of special diet and training programmes but club insiders say he drank heavily.
He is also in the midst of a difficult divorce.