New arrival at Real Murcia of Spain, Chrisantus Macauley says he joined the third division side because he wants to sue the team as a pad to relaunch his fading career.
The Korea 2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup gold medallist and top scorer has faced an imploding career since starting out in the lower cadre of German football over ten years ago, but the FC Abuja product believes Murcia will help him get his career back on track.
Chrisantus has struggled since leaving Spanish side Las Palmas three years ago for Sivasspor of Turkey.
A move which didn’t work out as planned with his contract terminated after the sacking of coach Roberto Carlos, who brought him to the club.
He joined Greek second division side AEK Athens and despite scoring 8 goals and firing them to promotion to the top division.
However, the team’s coach Roberto Di Matteo, who joined after they gained promotion to the top-flight, declared him surplus to requirements.
Since then, Chrisantus has found it hard to make a breakthrough at the various clubs he has represented and his move to Murcia could be the last hope to rescue his career.
It could be a turn around to a once promising career, which saw him play for German Bundesliga side, SV Hamburg after finishing as top scorer at the U17 Championship.
Chrisantus joined Murcia as a free player on a short term contract during the January transfer window after mutually terminating his contract with Lamia of Greece, just three months after joining them.
The 27-year-old, who played for Spanish second division side, Reus last season, believes his move to Murcia is divine, because he needs to again earn the respect of top teams in Europe.
He said: ”It was a tough decision but at the end I have to agree to the move as it will enable me the chance to once again relaunch my career especially in Spain, where I am known and respected.
”Murcia are an ambitious side, they are 4th on the log and eyeing promotion to the second division, and while I am open to staying here for the long haul, my immediate aim is to earn the respect of top teams around Europe.
”I was severely embarrassed when some teams asked me to come for trials. Hence I decided to join Murcia to prove them wrong. Also I have not played lot of games the past few years.”