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English Premier League side explain Ghana's Manu departure

13:14 BST 11/07/2017
Elvis Manu Genclerbirligi
Manager Chris Hughton sheds light on the exit of the Dutch-born attacker of Ghanaian descent

Brighton and Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton says anticipated limited playing opportunities next season necessitated the transfer of attacker Elvis Manu to Turkish club Genclerbirligi.

On Monday, the Ghanaian permanently cut ties with the newly-promoted side, joining the Wind of Ankara on a two-year deal as a free agent.

In all, the 23-year-old made only ten league appearances for the Seagulls since joining from Feyenoord in 2015, having spent time out on loan with Huddersfield Town and Dutch side Go Ahead Eagles.

"The competition for places in our forward areas means that it has been very difficult for Elvis to play the number of matches he would have liked," Hughton told Brighton's official website.

"He has worked hard during his time here, but with his game time likely to be limited again, this is the best move for him.

"It gives him the chance to play regular football in a competitive Turkish Super League, and I would like to wish him all the best for the future on behalf of everyone at the club.”

On the books of Go Ahead Eagles last season, Manu netted two times in 14 Eredivisie appearances before seeing his loan move terminated after the penultimate matchday for an "unprofessional conduct".

His new club Genclerbirligi, meanwhile, finished eighth in the Turkish league last season.

Born to Ghanaian parents in Dordrecht, the striker represented the Netherlands at youth level but in 2015 applied for a nationality switch in order to play for Ghana at senior stage.