Seattle Sounders star, Clint Dempsey, has backed the decision of Obafemi Martins to quit the club for Chinese Super League side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, saying the 31 year old has a right to choose his own career path.
The Sounders forward praised the Nigeria international whom he partnered in Sounders attack for over two seasons and said Martins was one of his favorite teammates he played with at CenturyLink Field.
“At the end of the day, everybody has the right to choose their own path in their career,” Dempsey began in a chat at Seattle’s media day at CenturyLink Field.
“I have a lot of respect for Oba. He’s come from a little kid in Nigeria to playing with some of the best clubs in the world. He’s had a great career.
"Who am I to tell him anything? All I can say is that I enjoyed my time playing with him. He was one of my favorite teammates I got to play with.”