12th March, 2013
Levante sporting director, Quico Catalan has criticised Obafemi Martins over his sudden move to the MLS club, Seattle Sounders, saying that the departure was the best for both parties.
The Super Eagles’ striker signed a two – year contract with the American club after paying his buy – out clause of around 3.6 million euros.
Catalan said: ”When a player does not want to wear the shirt of Levante then he will not be selected.
”We initially decided not to accept an offer, but Martins has deposited the money for the clause. We have seen the best that could have occurred, because the player has shown that he did not want nor did he deserve to wear this shirt.
”When you plan for a season, the hope is that you will have faith in it and run it till the end. I always say that things happen for good and what has happened is what has been destined to happen,” Catalan told football-espana.net.
He added: ”Levante are limited by economic aspects, but the operation is well-rounded, in sporting aspects it is pretty interesting and at an institutional level it has made us great, allowing us to grow and has allowed us to be the club we aspire to be, a serious club, with ambition, and neither Martins nor anyone else will change the history of this club.’
The Nigerian international, who has been called up for the World Cup qualifier against Harambee Stars of Kenya in Calabar, Cross River State later this month, netted 9 goals in all competitions in his six – month spell with Levante.