The Johannesburg-born attacker will miss the 2016 Olympic Games next month after his Danish club turned down a call-up from South Africa Under-23 coach Owen Da Gama
South Africa Under-23 international Lebogang Phiri is negotiating a new deal with his Danish club Brondby IF.
The attacking midfielder helped Brondby hammer Esbjerg 4-0 in their first 2016/17 Danish Superliga clash at the Brondby Stadion on Saturday.
According to The Sowetan, the 21-year-old midfielder revealed that he was close to signing a new deal with the club.
“As it is now‚ I’m still negotiating with the club and we are trying to agree [on a new contract]‚” Phiri said.
“I would not say we are far apart‚ but we have some difficulties to agree economically. I’m happy here‚ the style of play suits me well‚ and the club believe in me‚ so I want to be here.
"There are several factors that come into play‚ but the economic part is some of it. In the end it is not about money‚ but about how much the club appreciates me," he added.
“I feel good at the club and the fans mean a lot to me. They give me energy to fight from start to finish‚ even when I'm tired‚ and I want to repay my gratitude by signing a new contract.”
Phiri joined Brondby from Absa Premiership side Bidvest Wits three years ago.