Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has responded to claims that the club signs flourishing players before derailing their careers beyond repair.
With several years gone by where Sundowns have signed some of the best talents in the Absa Premiership only for many of them to be limited to wearing tracksuits and beanies in the stands during match days for an entire season.
A majority of reactions to Sundowns signings these days is pointing a finger at players for being greedy for bigger money. So why is this the case?
"Unfortunately football is about, yes, the money but there's the game also. How many times have we heard players saying, 'It's not about the money, I want to play,'" Mosimane said to Kick Off.
"And how many say that and really mean what they say? How many can take a pay cut and go play [somewhere else]? It's up to the player.
"The challenge is [if] I'm a player at a certain team, I earn R10 and Sundowns wants me; when I go to Sundowns, of course I'm going to ask for more – my agent is going to say, 'No, no, no, R30.'
The former Bafana Bafana coach continued to suggest that most players needless change their lifestyles when they arrive at bigger clubs.
"The club will say if they can pay R30 or R25, they'll reach an agreement. You then change your lifestyle, it's normal. I've changed my lifestyle since the time I started working, I mean really.
"Now when you don't play well and you start being on the bench, then it's normal that you complain, 'I need game-time.' But we can't take out Themba Zwane for you to play, because you have to play the same or above [him]. 'Ja, but I came here to play.'
"So, what now? If you want game-time, it's guaranteed you'll get game-time somewhere because if you are signed by Pirates, Chiefs or Sundowns, it means you are a good player and you'll get another club.
"The problem is now I've changed my life, so can you go back? Your lifestyle was first at one, now you took it to three [by joining Sundowns], can you go to two?
"People struggle to go back to two hey, even though they were at one before. So, that's how football works and that's the situation with the football players.
"I tell the players, if you're earning R10, don't live off R10. Live with R4, so that when you have trouble, you can still come back and survive.
The man known as “Jingles” concluded to add that the players often get the opportunities to leave Sundowns but show reluctance to take paycuts elsehwere.
"So, players want to stay because of the money, and then it's easy for you to say, 'Ah, but guys, this guy has been here for four years and played 10 games.'
"Do you think if somebody wants this guy, we will say no? So [people say] we want to keep him but [he's not playing], then we are bad as people and me as a coach, I'm not a nice guy, I'm frustrating this poor guy.
"No, that's sabotage, we don't do that. It is the way you see it. If somebody wants a player that's not playing, he says, 'Can I even have him as a loan?' We'll let him go my friend,” concluded the five-time Absa Premiership champion.