Famara Diedhiou has revealed that he wanted to stay at Bristol City and suggested claims he was offered a huge contract to stay at Ashton Gate were false.
That’s not the end i wanted i always wanted to stay at Bristol City.
— Famara Diedhiou (@famara2001) May 19, 2021
It was announced last week that the striker was to be released in the summer when his deal expires, which came after months of speculation that the Senegal international may sign a new contract.
However, an agreement couldn’t be reached, so Diedhiou will be on the lookout for a new club ahead of next season.
Of course, losing an important player on a free transfer has frustrated Robins fans, particularly as outgoing CEO Mark Ashton stated they had put ‘one of the biggest contract offers that this football club has ever made’ to the target man.
Yet, Diedhiou indicated that wasn’t the case when quizzed by a fan on whether it was true, and he also confirmed that his intention was to remain at the club if it was possible in response to another supporter.
“That’s not the end I wanted I always wanted to stay at Bristol City.”
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These comments are certainly very interesting from Diedhiou and it doesn’t paint the Bristol City hierarchy in a good light, as if the player wanted to stay then they should’ve done more to seal an agreement.
His response to Ashton’s comments clearly indicate that offer wasn’t as big as the club were making out, but ultimately we won’t know the truth, although it will be interesting to see if the club respond to this.
Either way, he will be leaving now and the challenge for Nigel Pearson is to bring in new recruits, with a few strikers sure to be a priority this summer.
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