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Despite spending only five months at the City Ground, Chema looks set to depart Nottingham Forest and sign for UD Almeria according to reports from Spanish media outlet AS.
The 27-year-old signed for Forest in the summer, arriving on a two-year deal from Levante to become Forest’s final signing of the summer transfer window.
He had to be patient at first, but the Spaniard soon became a key player for Forest following the injury to Michael Dawson, making 10 appearances in all competitions to date.
But having bid farewell to another Spanish player in Rafa Mir on Tuesday evening, Forest look set to oversee their second departure of the window, with Chema reportedly on his way back to Spain.
This isn’t likely to be the only departure we see take place on Trentside this month, as Sabri Lamouchi looks to get the fringe players off the wage bill in order to make way for incomings.
Chema’s departure could send a haunting message to defender Michael Hefele, who is completely out-of-favour at the City Ground under Lamouchi.
The German arrived at the City Ground on a free transfer from Huddersfield Town last summer, making 18 appearances in all competitions under the reign of Aitor Karanka last term.
But the 29-year-old is yet to make an appearance under Lamouchi due to a lengthy spell on the sidelines – in fact, he hasn’t featured for Forest in over a year.
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Hefele was back in the squad as Forest lost 2-0 to Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup, but Joe Worrall, Yohan Benalouane and Tobias Figueiredo were both chosen ahead of him on the day.
If Forest are happy to let go of a player who has played a fair amount of games and has only been on the books for five months, then what does that mean for Hefele?
The centre-half is effectively Forest’s sixth-choice defender at the moment, with Worrall, Dawson and Figueiredo all battling it out for a place in the starting line-up.
As Forest look to bring in players as swiftly as possible and a new striker expected to be on their radar, players like Hefele will be the first to leave, along with the likes of Zach Clough and Claudio Yacob.
At the age of 29, he needs to be playing regularly, and he should now start looking for a move away from the City Ground for the good of his career.