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12/05/2014 00:00:00
by Sowetanlive.co.za
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KAIZER Chiefs hope to have the immediate future of star striker Knowledge Musona settled in the next week as uncertainty clouds his next move.

Musona has made no secret of his desire to go back to Europe, where he still has a year left of his contract at German club Hoffenheim, who bought him from Chiefs in 2011.

But after two seasons of being loaned out by Hoffenheim to other clubs, the chance they want him back is slim.

It means Hoffenheim are keen to again off-load Musona from their wage bill and Chiefs are the only likely takers.

But there is concern in the Amakhosi camp, sources said at the weekend, about the 23-year-old striker's desire to stay and perform after the mystery injury that made him miss the end of season.

It exasperated coach Stuart Baxter and made a huge dent in Chiefs' hopes of retaining their title.

But with a shortage of quality strikers around, Chiefs still want to hold onto their Zimbabwe international for the next season, either by extending the loan agreement for another season or buying him outright at a much reduced fee.

Musona will be a free agent this time next year and arguably a valuable commodity in the South African market.

Musona is said to be on a R5-million a year pay package at Hoffenheim.

Chiefs have had to pay much of that this last season while he has been on loan with them.

Musona has previously said he hopes to get back to Europe to put himself in the shop window when his contract runs out.

It has proven notoriously hard previously for any player to get back to the European club circuit for a second time from South Africa's Premier Soccer League after fluffing their initial opportunity, as shown by the experiences of Katlego Mphela and Bernard Parker.

Chiefs players will continue to train this week before the club's end of season prize function, even though their season ended with a 3-0 win over AmaZulu in Polokwane on Saturday.


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