Tuesday, March 12, 2013
OBAFEMI MARTINS FINALLY QUITS LEVANTE AND JOINS MLS CLUB SEATTLE SOUNDERS
Nigeria striker Obafemi Martins has finally quit Spanish club Levante for Seattle Sounders in the MLS of the USA.
Martins bought himself out of his contract with Levante, the La Liga club said on Monday and joined MLS side the Seattle Sounders.
In a statement the Spanish club annouced his resignation "This afternoon, Martins has deposited with the Spanish football league the amount stipulated in the buy-out clause in his contract with Levante,"
Spanish media reported the figure to be 3 million euros ($3.9 million).
The former Inter Milan forward announced his transfer on his Tweeter handle @oba_martins.
“Finally,I can now announce that I have just signed for Sounders FC. A big step to take in my career.it's a big challenge but I'm ready," said the much-travelled striker, who has been recalled to the Eagles for a World Cup qualifier against Kenya later this month.
“This is so difficult for me to do, but I really do love my fans. Levante fans are the best... I will always cherish the time I played here.
“I look forward to this new era in my career... I also look forward to meet my new teammates and the Sounders FC fans, my new family..."
He added: “I will like to thank Levante UD for giving me a great opportunity to play in one of the best leagues in the world..."
Martins joined Levante at the start of the season on a free transfer from Russia's Rubin Kazan, and is their top scorer in La Liga with seven goals.
Seattle Sounders are believed to have paid off the striker's get-out clause after a long-drawn negotiations with Levante.