Valmiera fc in Latvia recorded a 1:1 draw against Leipaja this weekend in the league with their free-scoring Nigerian striker Tolu Arokodare conspicuous by his absence. From all indications, the relationship between Arokodare and his employer appear to have taken a dramatic turn for the worse as he is said to be refusing to play in order to force a move to Belgian giants Anderlecht. "Tolu refused to train and to play today. He has been advised by his French agent to do so," a statement purportedly prepared by the Latvian club partly reads. It goes on to state: "Tolu and his agent are trying to force a transfer to the the Belgian club Anderlecht. Our club has already informed Anderlecht that we have no intentions of a permanent move of Tolu to them."
19 year old Arokodare has been deadly in front of goal in Latvia this season having scored an unbelievable 14 goals in 14 games. The former Nigerian Golden Eaglets invitee, who penned a five year deal with Valmiera on July 2019 from Nigeria, is already seen by many to have outgrown the modest Latvian league in just over 1 year of his unveiling. His development has grown in leaps and bounds in such a short space of time.
With stellar performances week in week out, the young Nigerian striker is showing all the hallmarks of growing into a reputable centre forward. Valmiera have now ostensibly said they will deal with his refusal to play in line with theirs and Fifa's disciplinary processes. They maintain that despite interest in the services of Arokodare from around 10 clubs across Europe, they will neither be forced nor coerced to sell him. They however implore Arokodare to reconsider his attitude and resume training and playing with them.
Neither Tolu Arokodare nor his mentioned French agent Mr J. G. Benoit can be reached for their comment on this matter at this point in time.
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