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Monday Feb 05, 2018. 17:00
The agent of Ghanaian defender Daniel Opare insists the player has not been sacked by Bundesliga club Augsburg.
Reports broke over the weekend that the full-back had his contract terminated by the club after having transfer talks with Schalke on deadline day at the end of last month.
Augsburg announced on their official Instagram page that the Black Stars defender "violated" the club values of team-work and honesty and "repeatedly lied".
Sporting director Stefan Reuter added: "Daniel Opare has knowingly lied to us repeatedly, despite being confronted with the truth.
"Furthermore, he has repeatedly gone against the team's code of conduct."
It had been reported that Opare has been told to find a new club - alerting potential Premier League suitors such as Leicester City - but the player’s representative, Chris Nathaniel, denied this.
"I am shocked by the recent false and malicious statements about my client Daniel Opare,” said Nathaniel.
"Firstly, he is still contracted to FC Augsburg and will be there until the end of the season when his contract ends so the talk of him being sacked are incorrect.
“I received a call from FC Augsburg on Thursday stating unless my client signed the contract they had offered in two days he would not play for the club again.
“The offer from the club did not meet my clients requirements and he was subsequently banished from first-team activities and even asked to clear his locker, which I found petty and unprofessional considering he has been at the club for some 30 months.
“The malicious comments made by Stefan Reuter highlights how bitter the club are due to him not signing their contract.
“Daniel will continue train hard and will be available to help the club if called upon and it is ironic his temperament was never put into question before the contract issue.
“Finally Daniel has five months on his contract so he is entitled legally to talk with any club. He is proud to be linked with clubs like Leicester and Schalke but he has been and will continue to be focused on helping Augsburg finish as high in the league as possible whenever called upon."