Bucs are not fazed that Steven Pienaar is on trial at English Premier League club Sunderland.
The former Everton midfielder is hoping join his former manager David Moyes there, while Orlando Pirates are waiting in case the move falls through.
“We’ve done all that we are supposed to. We’ve tabled an offer and we’re now waiting for him [Pienaar] to come back to us,” Mbele told Isolezwe.
“We are hopeful that he will come back to us before the start of the season,” he said.
“The fact that he’s training with Sunderland doesn’t worry us at all because our initially talks were very promising. It’s all up to him now,” he continued.
“Negotiating contracts with top players like Pienaar takes a bit of time. It usually takes longer to reach an agreement because a player must consider a lot of things. Remember, Pienaar was playing abroad and that his family is still in Europe. Those are just some of the things he has to look into before taking a decision.”
Pirates may be bullish in their hopes to land the former Bafana Bafana captain, but any move seems to be in the hands of Sunderland as Moyes confirms.
“Steven Pienaar is here,” said Moyes. “He’s done very well, and we thought about maybe including him in the U23 game on Sunday.
“But now I think we are going to concentrate on training him, and getting him ready.
“He’s very good on the ball, doesn’t give possession away too often – he’s a tidy player.
“We’d rather probably wait another week or so to see where he is at.”