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Mike Makaab: Bloemfontein Celtic want to keep Kaizer Chiefs’ Lorenzo Gordinho

4:34 PM WAT 21/06/2018
Lorenzo Gordinho Kaizer Chiefs
The Amakhosi defender is yet to finish his year-long loan deal with Phunya Sele Sele, but the Soweto giants want him back

Having signed a new coach in former Kaizer Chiefs coach Steve Komphela this week, Bloemfontein Celtic are currently locked in talks with Amakhosi for Lorenzo Gorinho’s services.

The central defender was loaned out to Siwelele under Komphela’s reign at Naturena and Phunya Sele Sele have expressed interest in keeping him.

Latest reports suggest that the Johannesburg-born defender is yet to decide on his future as Celtic just announced the appointment of the former Chiefs boss on a two-year deal.

Despite not having announced a new coach to replace the former Maritzburg United boss as yet, Chiefs are said to be looking at having the defender back in Johannesburg.

According to his agent, Mike Makaab of Prosport International, they are talking to Celtic at the moment whether to keep him or go back to Chiefs.

Gordinho joined Celtic from Chiefs on a year-long loan deal in January this year and has six months left on his loan contract.

After leaving the Soweto giants in a shocking move six months ago, it remains to be seen if the Bafana Bafana international will don the green and white shirt in the upcoming 2018/19 Premier Soccer League (PSL) season.

Interestingly, Gordinho is set to reunite with his former Chiefs mentor if Celtic agree to a deal with the player and his parent club. 

“We’re busy talking to Celtic at the moment. Chiefs want him back. But his loan is until the end of the year, ‚” Makaab told the SowetanLive. 

"It’s Celtic’s decision if they want to keep him, but we had a gentleman’s agreement [with Celtic] that if Lorenzo wanted to come back to Chiefs‚ and Chiefs wanted him‚ that they would release him,” said the agent.

“So I’m just hoping that sanity will prevail. Look‚ quite rightly Celtic have a written loan agreement. And at this point in time they are going with it. And one has to respect contracts,” he continued.

“At the same time‚ if the player’s heart is at another club I don’t think as a loan player one should force him to stay,” said the former coach.

“So we’ll have to wait and see. Lorenzo’s heart is to go back to Chiefs,” concluded Makaab.

Under the guidance of ex-coach in Veselin Jelusic, Gordinho featured in 14 out of Celtic’s 16 games in the second half of the season as they finished at number 11.