Jota is considering terminating his Al-Ittihad contract to put an end to his Saudi nightmare. But he isn’t about to leave empty-handed.
It’s hard to think it’s only been a little more than two months since the 24-year-old departed Celtic for Al-Ittihad in a mega-money deal worth up to £25 million.
The move swiftly turned sour, and with his foot barely through the door, rumors of his departure from the Saudi club began to circulate.
Jota was one of Al-Ittihad’s major overseas signings this summer.
Among the big stars who joined the club were French giants Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante, as well as Liverpool’s Fabinho.
However, this caused a dilemma because Saudi Pro League clubs are only allowed to register a maximum of eight foreign players in their league rosters.
At the end of the transfer window, they added Luiz Felipe from Italy. However, they had to remove one foreign player from the team. Jota was that player because he wasn’t registered.
He had already struggling because he mainly served as a stand-in.
And now, after failing to make the roster, he won’t be able to play until January.
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Jota seems willing to take matters into his own hands to reverse the disastrous state of affairs.
According to Italian writer Rudy Galetti, Jota is now considering whether or not to END his contract with Al-Ittihad.
But there’s a catch: the former Celtic favorite will demand his entire wage.
His three-year contract is worth a whopping £200,000 each week.
Fenerbahce was intimately resulting from giving Jota a lifeline earlier in the month.
However, the Turkish transfer window, Europe’s final big window to stay open, closed a week ago with no action.
It was also reported last week that Jota desired a sensational loan return to Celtic as he sought a new club after his Saudi fantasy fell through.
Jota is considering either cancelling his contract or waiting until January in the hopes that the club and its president, Nuno Espirito Santo, will reconsider.
The former Benfica player can still play in Al-Ittihad’s AFC Champions League and Club World Cup fixtures.
Jota’s inability to play in their Champions League debut against Uzbek outfit AGMK earlier this week was another sad turn of events.
This was due to an injury he had sustained in addition to his squad axe woes.