Allende: Mamelodi Sundowns star breaks silence on whopping R51m price tag and Chile snob

The highly rated player, who spent time with English giants Arsenal on trial, is on a mission to regain his place in the La Roja squad

Mamelodi Sundowns striker Marcelo Allende has insisted he is not concerned about his high price tag which made headlines last month.

Masandawana reportedly paid around R51million in a record transfer for the Chilean player when they bought him from Uruguayan side Montevideo City Torque.

Several media publications in Chile and Uruguay said Torque found the offer from Sundowns, which is owned by local billionaire Patrice Motsepe, very attractive, so they accepted it.

“I’m here to play football and I don’t focus on what is being said about it,” Allende told the media through an interpreter.

“I never put the price in my mind. I’m just here in [South Africa] work and play football [for Sundowns].”

Allende, who captained Chile to the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup final, took the lead at Masandawana after scoring twice in five appearances in all competitions.

However, the 23-year-old was recently dropped from the South American senior national team which will face Morocco and Ghana later this month but is keen to regain his place in the team.

“Obviously I would love to be in the national team, but it all depends on my performance and what I do on the pitch and help the team,” he continued.

“That’s what will bring me back to the level that got me my national team appearances.

“Nothing will be controlled by external factors, it’s all up to me. Once that’s in place, I’m sure I’ll get another call.”

Allende has a cap for La Roja after making his debut for the side in December 2021 in a 1-0 win over El Salvador in a friendly.

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Eleanor C. William