NIGERIAN striker, Obafemi Martins, is no longer in the good books of his team mates at Spanish La Liga side, Levante, following the player’s intention to move to Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit, Seattle Sounders.
The Nigerian expressed his interest on a local radio programme Cadena Ser Valencia earlier in the week but club captain, Juanfran, says Martins chose the wrong forum and has provoked a dressing-room discontent.
‘’We have been talking to him to be clear and we will not talk about it anymore. The captains have met and told him that he made a mistake,” the 36-year-old revealed.
“Here in Spain we treat these issues in a certain way and maybe he comes from somewhere where it is handled differently.
The captain demands that Martins proves himself to be a professional and stay focussed on Levante games.
“It is a personal matter and we understand that he is an important player here. We do not know if he will be here in a day or two, or until the end of the season, but until the last day he will try.
“If he plays on Saturday or not depends on the coach. But what I think is that I do not want any player next to me whose head is not here.”
To avoid divided loyality, Juanfran called on Martins and the club to iron things out.
“I do not know what he is thinking, from what I have seen and understood though, he seems fine. Whatever help he wants we will give, if he doesn’t want to be here, we don’t want him playing here.
“We have said that we are not concerned about his attitude and there is no problem with the team. I think the situation can be reversed.”