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Johannesburg – May Mahlangu’s former mentor and representative Farouk Khan believes the talented Bafana midfielder could sign for Kaizer Chiefs this month if he cannot secure a move to another European club side.
Mahlangu is currently in Cape Town training with the Bafana Bafana squad as he continues to recover from an Achilles tendon injury that has ruled him out of the game since July. His contract with Swedish side Helsingborgs expired at the end of last year, and they have decided not to renew, leaving Mahlangu open to offers.
Khan says he has spoken to the 24 year old, who started his career at Khan’s Stars of Africa academy, and believes his link with Stuart Baxter could take him to the Amakhosi.
Chiefs coach Baxter knows Mahlangu well from his time in Swedish football.
“I had a chat with him (Mahlangu), he is getting back to fitness after his injury,” said Khan yesterday.
“There is probably a chance of that (joining Chiefs) happening because of his relationship with Stuart … he (Mahlangu) did mention to me that if nothing happens over there (in Europe), he still has something on this side of the world. If he goes to Chiefs I think it would be a good thing, with Stuart knowing his background.”
Amakhosi team manager Bobby Motaung was cagey yesterday when asked if the club would be signing Mahlangu, responding “not yet”.
Baxter, however, has already expressed his interest in the player, who would be a more than useful addition to the Chiefs squad, particularly with their upcoming participation in the African Champions League. “We are very interested and have talked with May,” Baxter told Swedish website fotbollskanalen.se last Friday.
“Now we are waiting for him to make an investigation after his injury so we can see where he stands. We are one of several clubs who want May but the advantage is that we are flexible. If something interesting turns up in Europe we do not want to tie him down.
“Nothing is clear, but now we know what date we should be talking and what to talk about … so we are probably a little closer now if you look at it.
“In a week, we’ll see what he wants. We are probably the most interesting club for him in South Africa, but then, I do not know exactly how interest looks in Europe.”