English Premiership

Leicester City striker goes on strike

2017-01-31 10:19
Leonardo Ulloa (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Leicester striker Leonardo Ulloa has gone on strike and refused to play for the club again after accusing manager Claudio Ranieri of betraying him.

In a post on Twitter, Ulloa wrote to fans that “I feel betrayed by Ranieri and let down by the club. I will not play for them again..."

The Argentine hitman, who has made just two starts this season, scoring one goal, handed in a transfer request last week before Spanish side Alaves had a £1.7 million offer turned down by Leicester club officials.

Sunderland are keen on signing the forward although Leicester have said they will not sell to a rival club. Galatasaray are also said to be interested in a loan deal.

The frustrated Ulloa told Sky Sports: "I'm a bit sad about the current situation.

"It's been two wonderful years at the club but now, given my situation - not playing and not being part of the team's plans - I feel that the best way forward is I leave and I can be happy somewhere else.

"The manager has been telling me for the last three months and the last two weeks that if an offer of around £4-5m was arriving to the club, he will help me to leave.

"My understanding is that at this moment, there are offers around those figures or even bigger that are not being considered.

"After what Ranieri has been telling me for weeks, today he tells me that he wants me to stay."

Ulloa, who signed from Brighton in 2014, still has around 18 months left on his contract with the reigning Premier League champions.

"I can't really understand the situation or why they don't let me continue playing my football somewhere else,” he added.

"If I stay at the club, it is going to seriously affect my career and my future. They know I am not going to be used."

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