Kaizer Chiefs coach Giovanni Solinas is hopeful of luring back Lorenzo Gordinho from Bloemfontein Celtic.
Gordinho is currently on loan at Celtic until December. The football manager at Amakhosi, Bobby Motaung has written a letter to Celtic asking the club to release the stopper.
Celtic has insisted that they are not willing to let go of Gordinho because the loan agreement is due to expire in December.
Speaking with the media after Amakhosi were held by 10 ten Maritzburg United side at Harry Gwala Stadium in an Absa Premiership encounter, Solinas expressed his desire to work with Gordinho.
"I don't know to speak too much about Lorenzo Gordinho. At the moment he is not a Kaizer Chiefs player. I can only say one thing, I like Lorenzo Gordinho. He is a very good player but at the moment he is a Celtic player," Solinas explained.
Solinas has tried different combinations at the heart of defence. In the first two matches, the Italian paired Eric Mathoho with Daniel Cardoso.
Amakhosi conceded the penalty against Mamelodi Sundowns in a 1-1 draw and they were thumped 3-1 by Bidvest Wits.
He then shifted to Cardoso and Siyabonga Ngezana. The pair have conceded one goal in three matches in all the competitions.
On Friday, Chiefs kept the clean sheet for the first time in a league match this season. Their first clean sheet was last weekend in the MTN8 where they humbled Free State Stars 3-0 in the quarterfinals.
Solinas further elaborated:" I don't want to say much about Gordinho because I respect Celtic and I also respect Steve Komphela's (the coach) job. The two clubs are still in talks. In my opinion Lorenzo Gordinho can help our team and do the job (at the back)."
Gordinho has orchestrated a formidable combination with Alfred Ndengane. Celtic are yet to be broken in two league matches.
They have kept two clean sheets in two matches. They swept past Chippa United 2-0 and defeated Lamontville Golden Arrows by the same scoreline.
Tomorrow (Sunday) they will welcome Orlando Pirates at Dr Molemela Stadium in a league match.
They will be looking to keep their record of not conceding intact.