Nigeria’s most capped goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama is systematically frozen out of the Lille OSC squad not for his lack of form but due to a new club policy, SportingLife.ng gathered.
The 35-year-old suffered a knee injury while playing for Lille on April 15, 2017 and only returned to action for the B side following some intense rehabilitation last month.
However, the former Ligue 1 champions are refocusing their efforts in grooming younger players for the purpose of selling to the highest bidder and Enyeama unfortunately is not within the scope of the plan.
‘The real reason Enyeama is being banished from the first team is because the club is embarking on a new project which will see them groom and sell players,’ a source close to the player revealed to The Nation sport/SportingLife.
‘Let’s face it, Vinny doesn’t have a resale value because he is 35 now. The club wants a younger squad and players over 30 are mostly affected by this new project.
‘Enyeama is just waiting for the end of the season to find a new club but I can reliably inform you that he doesn’t want to leave France. It was a pity he suffered a longtime injury, he could’ve moved before now.’
— vinny (@vinpee) March 12, 2018
Recently, Lille’s manager, Christophe Galtier revealed to France Football, he said: “It’s a problem between Enyeama and the club, that’s the bottom line. It’s a problem between the club management and Enyeama.”
In Enyeama’s absence Lille have the fourth worst defensive record in Ligue1, having conceded 59 in 35 matches and dangerously close to relegation from Ligue 1.