Marcelo Bielsa, the new Argentine coach of French club Lille has reportedly sent a text message to Former Nigeria Super Eagles goalkeeper and captain, Vincent Enyeama, and ten other players saying their services are no longer needed as they are not in his plans.
On Monday, Enyeama tweeted a photo with some of his fellow outcasts, who also include Montenegro international Marko Basa, France international Marvin Martin and , stating: “Always a pleasure to be back with the team.” Enyeama, who played 101 times for the Super Eagles, only signed a new deal last season.
Ivory Coast’s Junior Tallo who was among those sent the sacking text message saying they are not part of the coach’s plans, said;
“As for me, I’m under contract. I will respect the two years I have left. I’m in no hurry. I want to establish myself at Lille. It’s the club that wants me to leave. We’ll see if they find a solution between now and the end of the transfer window. I’m calm. It’s a bit bizarre, but I’m handling it OK. I was informed like the others, by text. We’re under contract, the club does what it wants. We would have liked to have had a discussion. But it’s a business choice made by the bosses,”
The club has already made some summer signings including Burkina Faso international goalkeeper, Herve Koffi following Lille’s disappointing 11th place finish in Ligue 1 last season. Enyeama, who joined Lille in June 2011 and has made 164 appearances, welcomed the signing of Koffi last month.
Enyeama among the other African players in the team including former captain, Rio Mavuba, Eder, Julian Palmieri, Marko Basa, Éric Bauthéac, Lenny Nangis and Marvin Martin, have been ordered to stay away from the rest of the squad as pre-season started on 3 July.