Rumours linking former Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane with a move to Kaizer Chiefs appear to be off the mark with the celebrated manager reportedly weighing up moves to a number of destinations – none of which are in South Africa.

In an interview with TimesLive Mosimane said there were many variables involved in considering his next move.

“I’m the leader, I’m the face of the programme because I’m the head coach, but I’m not the only guy who decides we should go here or there.

“What if MTSports decides to send CVs to strategic places? I have to remove myself from there. If they want to do that on our behalf, they can.

“To be honest, there is interest now and probably in a different space. Asia, meaning not the Gulf, but Asia meaning Asia, the East. There have been talks.

“There has also been an interesting one from North America. And why not go to North America? Why not go east — Japan, China, those places?

“If you can get a project that’s interesting in the Gulf and a similar project in Asia, probably I would go to Asia.

“And there has also been interest — not really interest, just a conversation — in Europe. But I mean in Eastern Europe, are you OK?

“And probably there might be interest at home. And also, maybe national teams would be nice, but it depends which one. It’s the Africa Cup of Nations [Afcon] in January, so that might be a bit too early. But maybe after January when the World Cup qualifiers continue.”

Mosimane, who has held positions in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE at Al Ahly, Al-Ahli and Al Wahda since he departed Sundowns in 2020, said he and his team would be very selective about their next choice of project.

“I’m a professional. We would all love to choose what we want to do or where we would like to go. Football doesn’t work like that.

“While we might say, ‘I would want to go there,’ there [might be] coaches employed at those areas. Sometimes we take those areas where coaches are not employed, but we would also want to know what the team is like, what the vision is. Then you start to say, ‘I think you are interesting’ or ‘it’s a good project’. It’s not about me sending messages to clubs.

“Without boasting, we could get employed next week if we wanted to. But it’s not all about that.

“I just also want to spend Christmas at home. I’m going home on holiday for about eight or 10 days, so I just don’t want to disturb that time — Christmas, New Year’s. I think the best time for me to go back to work is after that.

“For me to move now there must be a very big emergency that I must cancel the holiday with my children,” he said.