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Soccer News of Friday, 17 June 2022


Nwakaeme quits Trabzonspor, set for Fenerbahce talks

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Nigerian striker, Anthony Nwakaeme, Thursday ended his four-year stay with Turkish champions Trabzonspor, PUNCH Sports Extra can report.

Nwakaeme, who joined Trabzonspor in 2018, was a key player of the club, making 145 appearances in all competitions and chipping in an impressive 47 goals and 40 assists.

He featured 36 times for Trabzonspor as they lifted the title for the first time in 38 years last season, scoring 15 goals with 11 assists.

It was the Black Sea Storm’s seventh title – they won five in a row from 1975 to 1976 and one more in 1983/84.

Nwakaeme took to his Instagram page to confirm his exit, revealing that the club officials tried to pit the fans against him.

“Dear Trabzonspor fans, they’re pitting me against you. So it’ll look like I’m the one who left. We made history together and I’ll remember forever everything we’ve been through.”

Our correspondent learnt that the Super Lig champions were unwilling to meet his financial demands, a reason for his exit.

“An agreement was not reached for him to stay and that was why he left,” a close source to the player told PUNCH Sports Extra.

“He did all he could to stay at the club but they did not make any effort to keep him.”

Meanwhile, the 33-year-old will hold talks with Fernabahce in the coming days, it was also learnt.

“There have been lots of offers for Tony (Nwakaeme) since this standoff. It’s not about money but assurances where he could enjoy playing football. But they (Trabzonspor) made it look like that,” our source added.