Trabzonspor have released another statement regarding Leeds United loanee Caleb Ekuban and the supposed fee his agent received when he joined the Turkish club in the last transfer window.
Yesterday, we covered claims from Turkey that Ekuban’s agent was paid €225K despite Leeds United only receiving €200K for a season long loan deal.
However, Trabzonspor have released a statement explaining this: “It is necessary to make an explanation about Caleb Ekuban’s management fee of €225.000, which is included in the activity report announced to the public within the scope of transparency principles. Our professional football player Caleb Ekuban was hired from Leeds United for 1 year on 29.08.2018 for € 200.000 and without any management fee.
“The management fee stated in our annual report will be paid in the event that a 3-year contract is signed on 31.05.2019 by using the purchase option in the contract as it is understood from the statement, we made to KAP on the relevant date.”
Ekuban joined Trabzonspor towards the end of the last summer transfer window but he’s struggled in his first few months with the Super Lig club. He’s played eight games for the Turkish club, scoring just one goal.
It has been reported Trabzonspor can purchase the forward outright from Leeds United next summer for £200K, although this is looking unlikely at the moment. There have been recent claims the coaching staff haven’t be impressed with Ekuban’s contribution since his arrival and a return to Elland Road looks on the cards.
The 24 year old is contracted to Leeds United until June 2021.