Mphela’s contract is up at the end of the season and Binkin had already made it public that Mphela would not renew it. Mosimane said Binkin had been putting a lot of unnecessary pressure on Sundowns recently about the striker’s contract.
Downs and Binkin had a previous tug-of-war after Sundowns refused to sell Mphela to overseas teams and with the striker seeing little action this season, speculation was rife that he would leave.
But Mosimane hit back. “First of all, players need to work hard to get into the team,” Mosimane said after Downs hammered AmaZulu 7-1 in a league match on Tuesday. “The challenge in the issue of Mphela is the agent putting stress to much on us, renewal of contract and that.
“Yes, we know Mphela’s contract is coming to an end. But we are calm about it. If he wants to sign with somebody else he can do that. If he wants to stay at Sundowns he must stay.
“But he must work hard and play, we like him here. We know what he is capable of. He must get himself fit. Obviously we will renew his contract, but he must play for his contract.”
Mphela came on late against AmaZulu and scored twice, and while Mosimane admitted that he was pleased to see him get the goals, he said he had a one-on-one with him and the striker told him he wanted to stay at the club.
“He understands. He is mature,” Mosimane continued. “I said if he wants to stay he can. “We love him, Sundowns supporters love him. So he must understand that when they criticise him, it is because they know what he is capable of.
“I’m not going to offer the contract on the table. He must earn it. But he does want to stay.”