Ghanaian striker Elvis Manu believes he was handed a raw deal following Go Ahead Eagles' termination of his contract for an "unprofessional conduct" earlier this month.
The 23-year-old, who was on loan at the Dutch side from newly-promoted English Premier League outfit Brighton and Hove Albion, was sent away after the penultimate matchday of the season for wishing former club Feyenoord well on the day of the Eagles' crucial clash with Ajax.
According to an Eagles statement, Manu's posts showed he "was not fully focused on their crucial game", whose result (4-0 defeat) sealed their relegation to the second tier.
“It was on a day that my former team Feyenoord could win the league so I posted 'Good luck' on social media and I had problems with it because they thought that I wasn’t focused on my game," Manu, who is currently on holidays in Ghana, narrated on GHOne TV.
“I think it was unnecessary to send somebody away for posting something on social media wishing your former team good luck.
“The thing was, it was one game before the end of the season.
"I was just wishing my former team well. I played for them for over ten years."
Manu, who is currently awaiting international clearance to play for Ghana after representing the Netherlands at youth level, made 14 league appearances for Eagles, scoring twice.
He is now back on the books of Brighton, who signed him from Feyenoord in 2015.