Sports News of Tue, 6 Feb 20182
Daniel Opare is still under contract with Augsburg
Ghanaian defender Daniel Opare is still under contract with Bundesliga club Augsburg and will see out the rest of his contract which ends in the summer.
Reports broke over the weekend that the full-back had his contract terminated by the club after having transfer talks with Schalke on deadline day at the end of last month.
However, the Augsburg statement which was released on Saturday only stated a withdrawal of an offer of a contract extension the club had made to the player.
The statement reads:
“For this reason, the club has withdrawn its offer of a contract extension at the end of this season. Furthermore, the club has informed the 27-year-old that he can begin looking for a new employer as soon as possible.”
The player’s representative, Chris Nathaniel has denied the reports of a contract termination and says his client is still legally under contract with the German side.
“I am shocked by the recent false and malicious statements about my client Daniel Opare,” said Nathaniel.
“Firstly, he is still contracted to FC Augsburg and will be there until the end of the season when his contract ends so the talks of him being sacked are incorrect.
“I received a call from FC Augsburg on Thursday stating unless my client signed the contract they had offered in two days he would not play for the club again.
“The offer from the club did not meet my client’s requirements and he was subsequently banished from first-team activities and even asked to clear his locker, which I found petty and unprofessional considering he has been at the club for some 30 months.
“The malicious comments made by Stefan Reuter highlight how bitter the club is due to him not signing their contract.
“Daniel will continue train hard and will be available to help the club if called upon and it is ironic his temperament was never put into question before the contract issue.
“Finally Daniel has five months on his contract so he is entitled legally to talk with any club. He is proud to be linked with clubs like Leicester and Schalke but he has been and will continue to be focused on helping Augsburg finish as high in the league as possible whenever called upon.”
Opare joined Augsburg in 2015 from Turkish side Besiktas.
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