Martins: I wanted to go now

Obafemi Martins was at Levante’s training ground to say goodbye to his teammates today and commented briefly on why he is leaving now.

The Nigerian paid out the €3m buyout clause in his Granotes contract yesterday afternoon, ahead of completing a move to Seattle Sounders, to draw to a close a difficult fortnight-long saga.

Alhtouhg only at the club for six months, Martins reflected to reporters today at the training ground that he would miss his teammates and the fans.

“The fans have been great when I have been at the stadium, they wanted me to stay until June but my decision was to go now,” the 28-year-old reflected.

“I wish the best for Levante and that they beat Rubin Kazan [in the Europa League Last 16]. I wish them luck.

“I’m happy because I am going, but I will miss my colleagues, so I came to talk to the palyers and say goodbye.

“I’ve spoken to everyone and they have wished me luck too.

“I have nothing to say about the negotiations of the deal, now everything is closed, I have paid the clause and I wish Levante well.”

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