Algerian Club Kabylie Terminates Star Forward Mehdi’s Deal
Algerian Premier League JSK Kabylie terminates the contract of winger Mehdi Benaldjia.
Winger Mehdi Benaldjia’s two-year love affair with Algerian Premier League JSK Kabylie has come to a definite end.
The 27-year-old leaves the Stade du Novembre outfit having been considered surplus to requirements.
Despite being integral in helping the club stay up the division during a turbulent run last campaign, French gaffer Frank Dumas is unconvinced of Mehdi’s worth in his plans.
There is no reported public feud between coach and player. However, the latter’s reluctance to play in no role other than at left-wing did not sit well with the French man.
Benaldjia was summoned by club president Cherif Mellal who broke the news to him before yesterday evening’s press conference announcing the separation.
The ex- USM Alger star’s contract is terminated two months to its end. The decision, which came as a shock, has had fans reacting angrily on social media.
“I was summoned by the president Mellal who let me know that my contract will be terminated. I accepted this decision. I am a professional player, I only have to wish good luck to this great team,” he said.
Mehdi has played for seven different outfits but feels he picked up his best form while at JSK.
He added: “I can never deny it. It is thanks to the JSK that I found my best level. This team has allowed me to flourish. I felt very comfortable and I did not miss anything.”
Kabylie is leveled with table-topping USM Alger on twenty-three points after eleven league matches.