By Johnny Edward:
Former Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike has been told he will not play for the Olympiakos first team again after being banished to train with the club’s youth team players for the remainder of the season.
The 30-year-old signed a two-year deal at Olympiakos last summer for a reported fee of €2.5m as a direct replacement for compatriot Brown Ideye who joined Tianjin TEDA, but has failed to impress since joining the club.
Turkish outlet reported that a decision will be taken on Emenike’s future at the club in the coming weeks because it is in their best interest not to include the player who clearly wants to leave and might, therefore, cause disruption, even inadvertently.
Potential moves back to Turkish club Kayserispor fell through over the striker’s personal terms, with Emenike reluctant to take a pay cut according to report.
Despite scoring four goals (three in the Greek Cup and one in the UEFA Champions League) for Olympiakos since his arrival, Emenike is yet to find the back of the net in the Greek League in five games since his arrival and has not been in Olympiakos’ matchday squad in the last 15 games.
The former Karabukspor, Fenerbahçe, Spartak Moscow, Al Ain and West Ham star has not featured for the club in their last 15 games and it is unlikely he will feature in the second half of the season.