Kevin-Prince Boateng Makes Tough Decision in the Interest of His Family
The departure of Kevin-Prince Boateng has come to a sudden and surprising reality, ending just three days before Las Palmas opens the new La Liga campaign away to Valencia because his family and role as a father and husband will come first.
It was the player’s request to leave the club, citing “irreversible personal reasons”, three months after the former Ghana international midfielder signed a three-year contract extending his contract until 2020.
A Las Palmas statement confirming the news read: “UD Las Palmas and Prince Boateng have reached an agreement to terminate the contract that linked the player to the club for the next three seasons. Irreversible personal reasons have led to this unexpected exit.
“The player alongside club president Miguel Angel Ramirez will give a news conference this afternoon to bid farewell to the fans.
“The player’s personal situation has precipitated his departure. Boateng will continue his sporting career in a place that will allow him to be closer to his family.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”The club wishes to thank the player for his professionalism during his season with us and especially for the gesture he made when he signed a new contract when he had better financial offers from important European clubs. Las Palmas wishes him success and will always be grateful for the season he had with us.”[/perfectpullquote]
His decision is one believed to be in the best interest of his family whom he desires to be closer to in Milan after a move to Spain, was an attempt to revive his once sublime career which failed to kick-off during the second spell with AC Milan.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”I am making this decision for my family, which is the most important thing. I have decided as a father, as a husband, not as a player.[/perfectpullquote]
“I am not happy being away from my family. I told the president and he understood me.
“It is a very difficult and sad day for me, it is not easy to understand and it is my responsibility,” said the 30-year-old
Bundesliga side, Eintracht Frankfurt, pursued the 30-year-old midfielder who already has experience playing in Germany’s top league for Hertha Berlin. With the change in the situation, reports suggest that Boateng is expected to sign for the German club.
“He’s certainly on our radar,” Eintracht coach Niko Kovac said. “We lost [Marco] Fabian [with a back injury] and are scouting the market.”
Kevin Prince Boateng is set to join Eintracht Frankfurt after leaving Las Palmas. pic.twitter.com/3I42Omb4yr
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Boateng was Las Palmas’ leading scorer with 10 goals, setting up four more in 28 league appearances, 25 as a starter, last season. His contract extension gratified Las Palmas president Ramirez, who thanked the Ghanaian for committing to the club despite turning down favourable offers with a possible move closer to his family in Milan.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”In the world of football, not everything is true, but I will return to Las Palmas because it is a family. Las Palmas has given me a lot, not only in football,”[/perfectpullquote]
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