Sampdoria have announced they are taking legal action against Juventus-owned Mohamed Ihattaren for his ‘fanciful allegations without any foundation’ about his brief time at the club.
The creative midfielder was signed by Juve on transfer deadline day in the summer and then loaned to Samp for the rest of the season, or at least that was the plan.
He never played for the Blucerchiati and barely even trained with them, going back to the Netherlands for personal reasons, then seemingly went AWOL and disappeared off the radar for several weeks.
It was eventually decided he would not return to Sampdoria and he sacked agent Mino Raiola.
The 19-year-old told De Telegraaf that “all kinds of agreements were not respected” and he had no medical insurance or salary at Sampdoria.
Now the Serie A club has released a statement on the situation, warning they will take legal action against the player.
“With regard to the statements made by the footballer Mohamed Ihattaren to the Telegraaf newspaper, UC Sampdoria rejects any type of charge, as these are fanciful allegations without any foundation.
“The club has always fulfilled all its obligations having the player himself decided to leave Genoa without any authorization.
“No disagreement with any member of the technical staff and the first team has ever occurred.
“UC Sampdoria therefore reserves the right to protect, in the most appropriate forum, its image as well as to take action for the damage caused by the player’s unavailability, which was entirely down to his own decisions.”