Sounders FC forward Obafemi Martins returned to practice Friday following an agreed vacation time in Nigeria for the World Cup break.
Martins, as we learned Thursday, has been linked to a potential move to Turkey as his contract is reportedly set to expire after the season. You might also remember he tweeted a couple weeks ago that he hopes to stay in Seattle long-term and that he loves the Sounders fans.
“There are some teams, they’ve been calling me and all that,” he said. “And I’ve been waiting for them to know what it’s going to be like — if I’m going to renew my contract or to move on to go somewhere else. I’m still waiting.”
Sounds to me like negotiations are in place.
Martins is making about $1.75 million this season, according to data from the MLS Players Union, and he has been one of the best players in the league this year. His eight goals and six assists are already one of the most productive seasons we’ve seen from a Sounder.
I would think he definitely paid attention to Toronto FC giving Jermain Defoe over $6 million.
Still Martins said he’s happy to be back from his vacation and get going again with the Sounders. He also shared some thoughts on the World Cup.
“I think it’s really exciting — surprising, as well,” Martins said. “Spain got beaten and some big teams, so it’s exciting.”
And is there any sadness in not being a part of it?
“I think I’m a fan,” he said. “I’m a fan of soccer, so I enjoy it.”
Martins noted that he saw the Sounders’ result against PSA Elite in the U.S. Open Cup, but he noted that he’s not expecting to be available for Tuesday’s fifth-round game against San Jose. Coach Sigi Schmid didn’t go that far, saying there is a chance the forward could be on the bench.