Khuliso Mudau of Mamelodi Sundowns during CAF Champions League 2023/24 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bumamuru at Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 30 September 2023 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Thursday Nov 30, 2023. 13:35
Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Rulani Mokwena insists there are no offers on the table for Khuliso Mudau amid reported interest from Burnley in the Premier League.
Mudau is regarded as the best right-back in South Africa, having been named the DStv Premiership Defender of the Season after helping the Brazilians to a record sixth consecutive league title in 2022-23.
The Bafana Bafana international was also played an integral part in their victorious African Football League campaign after Mokwena’s side beat Wydad Casablanca 3-2 on aggregate in the final.
The Clarets, who have fellow South African Lyle Foster on their books, were recently linked with a move for Mudau following his exploits at Chloorkop, but Mokwena is adamant that no approach has been made for the 28-year-old defender.
“The Sundowns coach says ‘Sailor’ is going nowhere, because I’m very selfish and we need our best players,” He said after his side’s 2-0 win over SuperSport United on Wednesday night.
“We are not a selling club and that’s very clear, but the human being in me understands that life is about growth and there are targets.
“It’s the same way I dealt with Cassius Mailula’s situation. As difficult as it was for us to let go of Cassius when there are big opportunities, there’s a possibility for growth and it makes sense for all parties involved, Sundowns included.
“But I can’t entertain it [rumours] at the moment because it’s just talk. There is nothing on the table at the moment, but he’s an unbelievable football player.
“He’s an incredible human being, such a kind-hearted soul and a very important part of our team. It is difficult to entertain those kinds of talks because it is just talks and there is nothing concrete.
“If I answer it only as a Sundowns coach, I would say to you ‘hands off’. It is the same way when you go to Manchester City and you ask for Kyle Walker, it’s very difficult.”