It appears that Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) no longer considers Hugo Ekitiqe to be the future of the club.
“Ekitiqe, who almost left PSG last summer, is set to leave the club in January,” Fabrizio Romano, a journalist who has worked for the Guardian and other outlets and is known as an expert on the European transfer market, told Cut Offside on January 1 (KST). Crystal Palace is one of the clubs that have shown interest in him.”
Ekitiqe was born in 2002. PSG brought him to Stade Rennes on loan in the summer of the 2022-23 season, where he showed promise as a big striker. The loan was to be followed by an outright purchase.
At the time, PSG didn’t have a true striker. So Ekitiqe was given a lot of chances. He made 25 appearances in the league, scoring three goals and providing four assists, despite coming on as a substitute.
With the departures of Lionel Messi and Neymar this summer, and Kylian Mbappe’s future once again up in the air, PSG needed to make some major changes to their offense. Striker reinforcements were a top priority. The club brought in Gonzalo Higuain and Randall Kolo-Moani to bolster their striking options.
Ekitiqe’s place in the side was inevitably going to be limited, so when he realized he wasn’t going to be a regular, he took matters into his own hands and pushed for a loan move to Palace in the summer transfer window. It’s very common for players to counter-offer themselves to other clubs, but the level of negotiation Ekitike was involved in was more than just a counter-offer. PSG and Palace hadn’t even spoken, and the player had taken matters into his own hands.
As The Telegraph’s Jason Burt reported at the time, “PSG are angry that Ekitiqe wants to move to Palace. PSG are claiming Ekitiqe acted without permission.” 토토사이트
PSG had no tolerance for Ekitiqe’s unruly behavior. In the last days of the transfer window, they tried to buy him outright instead of loaning him out, but it didn’t work. He ended up staying with the team, but PSG is no longer using him. He hasn’t been on the roster for a single league game since the transfer window closed. He’s been completely ignored.
In response, Ekitiqe openly expressed his displeasure with the club. He deleted all of his social media posts. He even deleted the profile that identified him as a PSG player. A few hours later, he restored some of his posts, but made them unavailable for comment. It’s believed that Ekitiqe was prevented from commenting because PSG fans were criticizing him for his behavior.
Ekiti is now able to post photos from PSG and comment, but public opinion has already turned cold. PSG is also planning to sell Ekiti, as they don’t consider him to be an asset to the team.