FIGO DISMISSES OBI
The Nigerian midfielder Joel Obi came through Inter’s youth section making his debut at the age of 19 in 2010 and was predicted a bright future. The predictions about him seemed to be correct as he broke in to the first team the following season making 27 league appearances. That season was about it for the now 23-year-old Obi, injuries have limited him to only 10 appearances in the last 2 seasons, 2 for Inter and 8 for Parma, where he spent last season on loan. He made a grand total of 39 league appearances for Inter.
Almost everyone agreed that Joel Obi most certainly didn’t have a future at Internazionale and when Sassuolo, Saint-Étienne and Sochaux offered €3m for the left-footed midfielder they were quickly accepted. Obi, however rejected the French clubs and most likely a bigger paycheck as he wanted to still be close to his home, Milano.
”It saddens me deeply to leave Inter. I’ve been at the club for such a long time it feels like my home. I will always love the club and the fans but I realise I have nothing to do here for the time being. For the sake of my career I need a fresh start, not just a season-long loan, I need a club that really believes in me enough to buy me. Sassuolo did exactly that and I’m happy to join them.”