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Kelechi Nwankali breaks silence on feud with Huesca following contract termination!

Huesca

Press Statement

It comes with huge regret that I am writing this

message after SD Huesca announced the

termination of my contract.

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I have kept silent out of respect for the Huesca

fans and my teammates, but I will no longer

suffer in silence. The time has come for people

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to know the truth and why these past few

months have been awful for me and my family.

In Dec 2021, I experienced the biggest honour

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of my life after I received a full international

call up for my beloved Nigeria. But the joy of

this moment quickly came crashing down

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when the club’s Sporting Director, Ruben

Garcia, put extreme pressure on me not to go

to AFCON due to it ‘not being an important

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tournament.

He told me that if I go to AFCONT

will not play for Huesca again. This behaviour

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and the lack of respect shown to my country

Nigeria was truly heart-breaking and it was

just the latest example of the club attempting

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to bully me into getting their own way.

For months the club has been abusing its

power to bully me into signing a new contract.

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These tactics have included paying me late on

numerous occasions. The breakdown in

negotiations came when my mother fell ill and I

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asked Ruben for the wages the club already

owed me in order to pay for my Mother’s

hospital bill and treatment. Ruben Garcia

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responded to my request by saying ‘Sign this

new contract and we will pay you what’s owed

tonight.

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But despite these actions, I was not going to

allow the club to stop me representing my

country at one of the biggest international

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tournaments in the world and I was honoured

to join my teammates in Cameroon.

Before Nigeria’s last 16 game against Tunisia

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on 23rd January 2022, I began to feel unwell

and was diagnosed with a Respiratory Tract

Infection. As a result I was not fit enough to

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play in the game against Tunisia. After we

were eliminated from the tournament I was

unable to return to the club immediately as

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planned because of my illness following advice

from the Doctor.

Then, on the last day of the transfer market

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(January 31, 2022) when I was in the process

of returning to join my teammates at Huesca,

Ruben Garcia rang me to tell me I had to leave

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the club after a late offer came in from another

La Liga 2 club. He threatened that he would

not pay me if I did not leave the club. The

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option that was given to me was leave or we

will open up disciplinary action. Before

January 31st, I was never told by the club that

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they wanted to let me leave in January and

this was not a decision that I felt was right for

me at the time.

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After returning to the club on February 1st,

Ruben Garcia and the club’s lawyers opened

disciplinary proceedings against me,

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suspending me from training and banning me

from the training ground. As a result, I had to

seek the help of the Spanish Footballers Union

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(The AFE) who have been in an ongoing

dispute with Huesca. After over a month

passed, the club allowed me back into the

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training ground but have been forcing me to

train on my own and have not been allowing

me to use the facilities or receive treatment

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from the club physios.

Throughout this time, Huesca have not paid

my wages, yet I have remained silent hoping

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that a reasonable resolution could be found.

But yesterday when I turned up to the training

ground, a member of the club tried to force me

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to sign mutual termination papers which I

refused to do. I have a family that depends on

me, and no player should have to go through

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this inhumane treatment.

I will never regret my decision to represent

Nigeria and all I want to do is get back to

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playing the sport I love.

Lastly, I want to thank the fans and my

teammates of Huesca who have been

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amazing during my time here. I have always

given 100% for the club, despite my treatment

over the past 3 years.

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God Bless,

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Kelechi Nwakali

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