Recent comments from Obafemi Martins, the former Newcastle United and Inter Milan striker indicate his willingness to put pen to paper on a contract extension with his Major League Soccer club the Seattle Sounders, but the club is in no hurry to rip up the current deal of the player in a hurry as they play the waiting game.
Adrian Hanauer, the General Manager and part owner of the MLS franchise confirmed to reporters this past week that the Nigerian has a contract with the club that runs through to 2015 with the clause of an extra year included in that contract as well.
He said that they love Martins and he hopes that he wants to be at the club and that the club can have him for a long time to come. However, he went on to add that there is nothing guaranteed in football, money is the most important factor here and the players also have a very limited career.
The Seattle Sounders GM went on to add that if there is an opportunity for a player and the club feels that they are getting a good deal and the player is compensated well also, then sometimes, players are transacted. He did say, however, that they have held talks with Martins and his representatives about a renewal but there is nothing certain in football.
The former Nigerian international is enjoying a stellar season at the Seattle Sounders having already scored eight goals and provided six assists. And this could be the last chance that the Nigerian has of bagging a lucrative payday with time slowly running out on his career.
Although still only 29, Martins has lost a yard of pace but that striker’s instinct has kept him going with the Sounders in the MLS this season.