Sundowns join Turkish clubs in race to sign Cape Town City captain Mkhize

The Citizens’ boss insists he will only listen to extremely attractive offers for their club captain

Cape Town City chairman John Comitis has confirmed Mamelodi Sundowns' interest in South Africa international Thamsanqa Mkhize.

The club boss also revealed interest from clubs in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and China, after the player impressed at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

“Sundowns showed interest a week before the tournament (Afcon) but they have not made any contact with us since. It would have to be an extremely attractive offer, otherwise, we won't consider it,” Comitis told Independent Media.

“I've received a lot of interest on Mkhize, especially after the first two games at the Nations Cup. Not much has happened since the last game. And it is understandable because nobody had a good game."

The former Maritzburg United defender also had a fine  2018/19 South African domestic campaign - leading the Citizens to the 2018 MTN8 Cup.

Despite explaining he is open to releasing his most prized asset, the experienced football administrator explained how retaining the 30-year-old would be beneficial for the Citizens.

“We are still waiting and we are open to offers because it will be to his benefit since he wants to move overseas. If he doesn't, he still has a contract with us and he will continue playing for City,” added Comitis.

“We would love to have him here but if an opportunity comes we have to consider it. The clubs that have asked about his services are from different parts of the world.

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“We have had clubs from Turkey express interest. We have had interest from China and we have had interest from Saudi Arabia."

Mkhize featured in 34 matches in all competitions last season, and he will hope to continue where he left off when City meet Baroka FC in their 2019/20 PSL opener next weekend.