It's official; Torrealba for Chiefs

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Confirming this to SuperSoccer’s website, Michael Murphy, the Venezuelan striker’s attorney, also revealed that Mpumalanga Black Aces came within an inch of pulling off the greatest coup of the season by securing the signature of the much sought-after striker.

Murphy added in the report that although Torrealba still has to sign the Chiefs contract, it is a foregone conclusion that he will eventually attach his proper signature on the contract that has been drawn up by Murphy and Chiefs’ attorneys before he jets out of the country to play for one of Venezuela’s top teams until the end of May next year.

“Let me point out that when all this drama was dragging on,” said Murphy, “Torrealba promised Chiefs that if he could not secure a move to Europe, then he will come back and play for them unless if they didn’t want him.

“At that stage, he was also courted by Armina Bielefeld. But when that move stalled, Mpumalanga Black Aces opened negotiations with Torrealba. They flew him to South Africa and there was a bit of delay but believe me, he almost signed for Aces.

“They were so great and Torrealba has nothing but praise about Aces and the honorable and professional manner in which they treated him.”

_quoteMurphy disclosed that Aces knew about Chiefs and the promise Torrealba made to Chiefs but were hoping to secure his services at least until the end of the current season and, Torrealba was reportedly keen to sign for them and came very close, until Chiefs tabled their offer.

“Personal terms and everything was agreed upon last night,” said Murphy. “But as we all know that Chiefs have exhausted their quota of foreign players, an agreement has been reached with one of Venezuela’s top clubs for the player to sign for them during the open window period.”

Torrealba is reportedly happy and excited about the terms and conditions of his contract with Chiefs and has promised to work extra hard to regain the match fitness and sharpness he lost while he was inactive due to the ongoing problems with Sundowns.

But Murphy stressed that Torrealba was really chuffed about Aces and would have definitely signed for them had Chiefs not stepped up and tabled their offer and a great relationship has been created between the club and the player.

And although Platinum Stars and even Orlando Pirates were touted as possible destinations for the deadly Venezuelan hitman, Aces allegedly came very close to securing his signature but in the end found themselves boxing out of their original weight division as they were pipped to the post by Chiefs.