Goal has gathered that Kaizer Chiefs and Hendrick Esktein have agreed to put contract talks on hold for the foreseeable future.
According to a source close to both parties, the club felt it would be best for Ekstein to focus on cementing his place in the team before terms of a possible new contract can be discussed.
"The club decided to put contract talks on hold and this was communicated to the player. It's not like his contract was expiring soon. He's still has over a year remaining on the current deal. So, the idea is to let him focus on his game," the source told Goal.
The player reportedly approached the Amakhosi management late last year requesting an improved package.
He was turned down and subsequently benched in games leading up to the mid-season break, and has since then, he has found it very hard to get back into the team.
Ekstein has managed a single appearance in the league this year, which came against Highlands Park on February 18.
The Bekkersdal-born midfielder was forced to watch his teammates from the stands in the last three league matches, including matches against Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.
Recent reports suggest that Chippa United are looking to loan the diminutive winger from Amakhosi ahead of the start of the new season.