Nigeria international and FC Porto midfielder Mikel Agu has revealed that he’s ending his eight years association with the Poruguese giants after a meeting with coach Sergio Conceicao left him with no choice than a long stay on the bench.
In an exclusive interview with Completesportsnigeria.com, Agu said he’s left the team’s camp after the manager made it clear that he would not be in the team for the upcoming season.
“I left the team’s camp after I discussed with the coach and he told me that he doesnt have me in his plan for playing time,” Agu told CSN on Monday.
And on his future, the combative midfielder said he cannot afford to sit on the bench or endure another loan spell.
“I want Porto to sell me. I’ve spent eight years here with three loan spells. Now I want something more permanent,” Agu told CSN
“I want a home. Now I have a family so I want to pit down roots in one place. Moving from one country to another is not good for my son too.
Different languages and cultures in different countries will not help him now that he’s this young. He needs stability.”
Agu, who was a last-minute omission from the Super Eagles 2018 World Cup squad, said a genuine concern for his international future is also a part of the reason why he’s willing to leave Porto.
“I also need a place were I will play week in and out to help improve my game and also my chances of getting back into the Super Eagles. Sitting on the bench at Porto will not help that,” he said.
The 25year old, who’s been with the Dragons for eight years, also debunked insinuations that he doesn’t want another loan move because he’s angling for more money from a permanent move away from Porto.
He said: “Trust me, this is not about money. If I go out on loan, I believe I’ll get more money than what I’m getting in Porto. For example, what I got in Turkey (with Bursaspor last season) was more than my salary in Porto. I’m just tired of going out on loan. The way loan players are treated, especially once their loan deal is about ending, is terrible. I should know. I’ve been out three times to Club Brugge (Belgium), Vitoria Setubal (Portugal) and last season at Bursaspor.”
With this impasse, Agu reckons the ball is in Porto’s court to determine the amount they’re willing to sell him, with his current contract set to run until 2021.
“My agent will be the one to discuss with the club. I have clubs that want me from different countries but it now depends on what Porto will sell me for. I’m not short of suitors and I’m willing and ready to leave,” he concluded.