Nigeria midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali, has claimed Huesca terminated his contract because he represented his country at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Nwakali’s deal was ended abruptly by the Spanish club on Tuesday.
However, reacting to the development, Nwakali, in a statement via his Twitter handle on Wednesday, accused the club’s Sporting Director, Ruben Garcia of being the brain behind the termination.
The former Arsenal star said trouble started when he got called up to the Super Eagles squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon, but Garcia asked him not to honour the invite as it was ‘not being an important tournament’.
Nwakali’s statement read, “It comes with huge regret that I am writing this message after SD Huesca announced the termination of my contract. 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 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 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 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 tournament’. He told me that if I go to AFCON I will not play for Huesca again.”