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Sirino out of Mamelodi Sundowns training as transfer rumors persist

The transfer saga surrounding the Uruguayan escalated on Monday as he reportedly failed to show up when the team regrouped.

Mamelodi sunset resumed training ahead of Saturday’s Premier Soccer League clash against Orlando pirates, but forward Gaston Sirino reportedly snubbed Monday’s practice.

It happens on a day when Downs announced that they were “End discussions” with African champions Al Ahly who are supposed to bid for the signature of the 29-year-old.

Negotiations between Sundowns and the Cairo giants have been stalled by disagreements over player transfer pricing.

Sirino publicly applied for a transfer, which angered the Brazilians, who threatened to take disciplinary action against him.

After the player missed training on Monday, the club insisted his absence was not a protest to push for a move.

“There is no problem, he is not the only player absent today. He’s part of the group, ”said an anonymous Sundowns official quoted by Start.

Earlier this month, Sundowns Managing Director Yogesh Singh said he wanted 92 million rand from Ahly, which would have increased his bid from 18 million rand to 46 million rand, which was rejected.

Had the Cairo giants accepted the fees demanded by Sundowns, it would have been the record transfer figure Masandawana would have ever received for a player.

As Downs are now preparing to welcome the Pirates for their ninth PSL match this season, Sirino is yet to make a league appearance after injuring himself in the MTN8 quarter-final match against Bloemfontein Celtic in October.

After expressing his desire to move Egypt, speculation has intensified that the forward has since recovered and refuses to play to push for the transfer.

The giants of Tshwane, however, denied these rumors.

Sirino arrived at Chloorkop in January 2018 from Bolivar’s Bolivian side, and he has already completed two full seasons in PSL.

In June 2020, he extended his Sundowns contract for another five years amid already reported interest from Al Ahly, which has now reportedly been fueled by Pitso Mosimane taking over the Egyptian giants.

Since joining, the Uruguayan has played 100 Sundowns games in all competitions, scoring 24 goals and providing 29 assists.

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