Tountouris admitted that Jali, who has featured sparingly since recovering from a long-term injury in October, had a difficult season.
He feels the player is 'underestimated and undervalued' at the Belgian outfit, and therefore a move away from the club could be the only solution.
Tountouris further revealed that the 27-year-old still has a year left on his current deal with Oostende, but he doesn't think that alone would stop Jali from moving where he will play regularly again.
“He has had a difficult season and is underestimated and undervalued,” Tountouris was quoted as saying by Belgian website Voetbalnieuws .
“However, Oostende took the option until mid-2018. Jali misses the game because he played little, but you see in the recent play-off matches that he has many qualities. We think it’s time to move on and we are working on a solution,” he confirmed.
Tountouris poured cold water on reports that Jali could be returning to South Africa in the near future.
“Return to South Africa? Those rumours do not have to be believed because he is only 27 years old and has many great years ahead,” Tountouris concluded.