Obafemi Martins has officially terminated his contract with Russian club, Rubin Kazan and signed as a free agent with last season’s La Liga surprise packages, Levante.
The Nigerian international, who was relegated to Kazan's reserves because of an altercation is now hoping to kick-start a career that promised so much when he came into the limelight with Inter Milan.
Martins landed at Manises airport in Valencia on Friday morning to sign for the Europa Cup debutants in a two-year contract, with an option of an additional year.
He was received by Levante’s Sports Director, Manolo Salvador, and he was clearly enthusiastic about the reception.
“I've always wanted to come to Levante UD,” said Martins to the club's official website. The Nigerian was brought in to replace the departed Ivorien, Arouna Kone, who left the Valencia-based side to sign for Wigan in the Premiership.
He also said that one of the things that attracted him to Levante was their fast play and that bodes well for a fast striker like himself.
“Levante UD will continue doing things just as well as before,” added Martins. He scored just three goals for Kazan in a disjointed two-year career in Russia. He has also played for Newcastle, Wolfsburg and Birmingham – whom he joined on a loan deal from Rubin Kazan and helped win the 2011 Carling Cup.
He could make his debut for Levante this weekend away to Malaga. Martins thus becomes the second Nigerian that has transferred to La Liga in the last two weeks, following Nosa Igiebor, who signed for Real Betis last week.