Tsepo Masilela will become a free agent at the end of June. Photo: Frikkie Kapp/BackpagePix

DURBAN - Well-travelled defender, Tsepo Masilela, looks like he will leave Kaizer Chiefs at the end of month but has no intention of retiring from football.

The 33-year-old former Bafana Bafana international struggled with an ankle injury last season and has not got much game time. He only returned to action in the last five matches of the season.

His contract with the club expires at the end of the month.

Masilela's agent, Mike Makaab of ProSport International, hinted that Masilela will leave Chiefs.

“It looks like he will not be at Chiefs next season,” Makaab said.

Philani Zulu capitalised on Masilela’s injury as he made the left-back position his own last season.

Masilela is currently in the United States of America, but Makaab said there is no chance of his players finding a club there: "He is on the holiday in the US. We are not in any talks with any clubs there.”

Masilela represented South Africa in three Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournaments and was also in the 2010 Fifa World Cup squad, having also donned the Bafana jersey during the preceding Fifa Confederations Cup in 2009.

During his peak, he was the country's number one leftback and managed to amass no less than 51 international caps.

The player who made his professional debut with Benoni United has also played extensively overseas. Between 2007 and 2012, Masilela played in Israel and Spain for the likes of Maccabi Haifa and Getafe.

During his tenure with Chiefs, he enjoyed two league triumphs as well as wins in the Nedbank Cup and MTN 8.

Zulu will still have to battle it out with Siphosakhe Ntiyantiya and Sibusiso Khumalo at left-back next season.

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