SkySports reports that Tshabalala says he wants to play in Europe and also quote him saying, “I am a free agent so it is normal that people are interested in me.”
However, the person who knows better regarding Tshabalala’s future at Kaizer Chiefs is none other than his agent, Jazzman Mahlakgane.
Last year Mahlakgane revealed Tshabalala had renewed his contract and he sticks to his word now.
“It was around the Confeds Cup when he signed a new three-year contract, so ‘Shaba’ is not a free agent. Why would I refer the teams that are interested in him to Chiefs if he was a free agent? I can tell you he was misquoted,” Mahlakgane assures KickOff.com.
“There have been lots of enquiries and I refer all the teams to Chiefs,” he says.
English Premiership club Wigan are apparently leading the race for Tshabalala, but they face competition from Scottish giants Glasgow Celtic, who have been tracking the left winger even before the World Cup.
Kaizer Chiefs team manager Bobby Motaung says any club interested should adhere to Fifa’s transfer rules.
“It is easy, man, easy. You call us at the club and we talk,” he says.
“But you know these clubs they think they can rob us if you remember the issue of (Onismor) Bhasera,” Motaung recalls.
The Zimbabwean left Chiefs claiming he was a free agent but when he had put pen to paper on a three-year contract with the then English Premiership club Portsmouth, Chiefs demanded a transfer fee.
In the end Bhasera, like a prodigal son, made his way back to Naturena to smoke a peace pipe with Chiefs and he was allowed to move to Plymouth Argyle.
Motaung has also confirmed they were keen on Nigerian midfielder Prince Olomu. However, the Bloemfontein Celtic free scoring attacker apparently failed a medical.
Motaung was coy when discussing the issue. “We wanted to sign him, but there were issues with his medical,” he says, declining to elaborate as to what the sticking point was regarding Olomu.
“I don’t know what was wrong, but there were issues with his medical,” he says.
Meanwhile, Tinashe Nengomasha and Valery Nahayo, who could have left for a medical at Al Ahly Doha in Qatar are still in the country.
The deal is apparently unlikely to go ahead; meaning Nengomasha and Nahayo are likely to stay at Chiefs for next season.