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Sports News Mon, 20 Jan 2020

Turkish side Yeni Malatyasor to hand Afriyie Acquah contract extension after rejecting move to Lecce

Turkish side Yeni Malatyaspor are set to give Afriyie Acquah an extended one-year contract after vetoing against his proposed move to U.S Lecce, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

Acquah joined the Yellow and Blood lads on a two-year contract with the option to extend in the summer.

The combative midfielder has quickly established himself as a key member of the team, helping them to 9th place on the Turkish Supaliga standings.

Acquah’s future appeared to be away from the Malatya Arena after agreeing a move to Italian side U.S Lecce in the ongoing winter transfer window.

We (GHANAsoccernet.com) reported that the 28-year-old will undergo a medical at Lecce on Monday to complete the deal.

However, a last-ditch intervention from some management members of Yeni Malatyaspor has collapsed the move.

It's a decision born from their believe the Ghanaian will continue to play an important role in their aim to secure a European berth following their strong performance in the first half of the season.

The board have decided to trigger his one-year contract extension to convince him to remain at the club.

The news will be a massive blow to Lecce who are keen to sign the player as a replacement for Andrea Tabanalli who left to join Frosinone Calcio.

Acquah has been identified as the player to help the Giallorossi in their quest to beat the Serie A drop.

The former TSG Hoffenheim midfielder has provided 3 assists in 14 appearances.

He has played for Empoli, Torino, Sampdoria, Parma and Palermo in Italy.

Source: GHANAsoccernet.com
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