Swansea chief disappointed with Kenny’s comments on Obafemi

Swansea boss Russell Martin has expressed his disappointment with Stephen Kenny’s comments regarding Michael Obafemi’s status at club level.

The President of the Republic of Ireland Kenny has Include the Swans striker in his 24-man squad For upcoming UEFA Nations League matches against Scotland and Armenia.

It comes as Obafemi has been left out of Swansea’s latest squad for Martin, being considered “in the right frame of mind” to play since he was the subject of a bid by Burnley in the closing hours of the transfer window. final date.

kenny Address the situation on Thursday When he commented it was “not ideal” for the 22-year-old to score Unforgettable long-range goal against Scotland In June, she did not get match time at club level.

He also said, “I’ve spoken to Michael and like everything else, there are two or three teams in every story. Certainly Michael wants to play football, he wants to play with Swansea.”

Speaking at Swansea’s press conference on Friday, Martin welcomed the prospect of Obafemi receiving a transcript of international duty, but said he was disappointed by his Irish counterpart’s comments that there are “two to three sides to every story”.

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“I hope he gets a few minutes on the field and that will help him both physically and mentally. Sometimes going away from international duty can give you a break from the usual and sometimes getting out of that routine and getting away from your representation the country can give you a little bit of energy when you come back, Especially if all goes well.”

“So I hope he does as well with (Ireland) as he did in the summer. It’s been great for them. But there really is no personal problem with Michael. We’re dealing brilliantly. He just needs to restore confidence from his team – colleagues and from us as a group of staff.” And the rest of the club and the fans – the confidence everyone has shown in him for a very long time.

“It’s really that simple. There aren’t three sides to the story. I spoke to Stephen[Kenny]before he called, so I’m a bit disappointed with those comments. That’s what it is. There’s no agenda.”

“He left with Ireland and we hope he does it brilliantly and we hope he does it brilliantly for us when he comes back. It’s that simple.”

Martin also added that he didn’t close the door to calling Obafemi into the match-day squad for Saturday’s lunchtime game against Hull City, saying the eventual reintegration would happen “when Michael is the Michael we know and love in the second half of the season (last)”.

Obafemi’s Swansea team-mate Ryan Manning was not included in Ireland’s squad and Martin said he was disappointed for the left-back, but added that the club would benefit from the multi-talented player having a break.

“Ryan was fantastic and I told Stephen again what I thought when he asked about the players we had,” he said.

“But it’s Steven’s squad. He can pick whoever he wants. I’m disappointed for Ryan. I think he’s desperate to get in and play. He’s really disappointed that he’s leaving in the summer and not participating but I also think he’s also played a lot of games in different positions for us so he’s It gives him a chance to take a break and reset. But it was great.”

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