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Even though the injured Bafana international is free to talk to other clubs, his preference is to stay with The Buccaneers

Orlando Pirates striker Benni McCarthy has reiterated his desire to stay in South Africa just a day before he is free to talk to other clubs for the 2013/14 season.

January will see the Bafana international enter the final six months of his deal with Pirates and while the Soweto side say they are in no rush to enter negotiations over a new contract, it leaves McCarthy free to explore his options.

The player’s business manager, Rob Moore, said there were opportunities for the 35-year-old outside of the PSL.

“We want to finalise Benni’s future in January one way or the other,” Moore said. “He is keeping a very open mind about where he will be playing next season. He is happy at Pirates and wants to hear what their plans are for him, but as yet they have not made any overtures about a new contract.

“At this stage we cannot rule anything out, a move to the USA or China is certainly a possibility and there is a lot of interest from within South Africa too. Everybody knows that he is free to talk to any club from January onwards as per Fifa rules, so other teams are adopting a ‘wait-and-see’ attitude’.

“I cannot rule out that Benni will seek one more adventure somewhere else, he has achieved a lot in his career and won trophies now with Pirates too. But no discussions with any parties have taken place yet.”

But the player himself says that he is happy at the club and is eager to hear what they have to say about a new deal.

"I know my contract is coming to an end in June and I want to stay here at Pirates,” he told reporters. “I want to be close to home and this is my home. When I left West Ham United I had the chance to go to Asia, Australia and United Arab Emirates, but I said why should I be going away from home? That's why I joined Pirates.

“Locally I don't think there is any need to leave Pirates. I am enjoying myself and the team is doing very well, then why leave? But, hey, who knows this is football. I don't want to say never then something happens and people will say but you said never. So for now I am happy where I am."

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