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Emenike quits Las Palmas without playing a single minute

Nigerian striker Emenike joined Las Palmas from Olympiacos in January, failing to make his debut due to a knee injury.

Emenike, pictured during his presentation at Las Palmas in January.
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Former Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike has ended his short-term loan deal with the relegated Spanish side Las Palmas. The 31-year-old Nigerian failed to play a single minute for the Canarian team after being unable to overcome a knee injury.

The end of a sad chapter in his footballing life

Emenike joined Las Palmas form Olympiacos in January, hoping to support the Spanish side avoid relegation. However, he struggled to overcome an injury he picked during training. During the past five months, the player was the center of several rumours, with reports claiming that he had weight problems. On Sunday, he took to Instagram to clear the air and set the records straight, as well as to thank Las Palmas’ followers.

"To the people of Las Palmas. I chose to break my silence at the end of a sad footballing chapter of my life. It has been a disappointing and heartbreaking five months. I arrived with the hope to fight for the shirt," he wrote. Unfortunately, the injury sustained while in Spain did not give me a chance to demonstrate the fight for the course. During this time, fake stories and rumours have been published. In all honesty, this is a diversion of real failures, I could expand and single out people. However, this will not help the course of Las Palmas. They know who they are. Pushing the negativity to one side, I want to thank the people of the island, they were always welcoming and looked after me like family in what has been a tough time. They always smiled and supported, I thank you. Their positivity was a comfort of a disastrous time. I thank you for being my Spanish family, Las Palmas is a beautiful place with lovely people. Las Palmas will be back. Adios.’

Emenike keen to return to Greece

Speaking to BBC Sport, the striker said he is determined to bounce back in Greece for the final year of his contract. "It's been a tough time for me injury wise but I hope to bounce back next season," he said.


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