Naby Keita quits Werder Bremen bench before kick-off, sparking disciplinary action

Naby Keita’s Werder Bremen future hangs in the balance after the midfielder reportedly left the stadium before the team’s match against Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

Keita, 29, has struggled for regular game time this season, making just five appearances for Werder Bremen. He was left on the bench for the Leverkusen clash, and according to reports, he chose to leave the stadium rather than watch the game from the sidelines.

Sporting Director Confirms Incident

Werder Bremen sporting director Clemens Fritz confirmed the incident and stated that disciplinary action would be taken against Keita.

“After we learned yesterday that Naby would not be starting, he decided not to get on the bus and go home,” Fritz said. “We will talk to him and his agent tomorrow about the consequences and the next steps.”

Keita Responds on Social Media

Keita took to social media to address the situation, issuing a statement to Werder Bremen fans.

“I want to speak to clarify my situation with my club, Werder Bremen. Since the first day I signed with this magnificent club, I have always shown dedication and professionalism. The only desire that has always driven me has been to help the club and bring happiness to the many fans, especially at a time when the results are not what we want. Since the beginning of my career, wherever I have been, I have never had any disciplinary problems and I have always tried to be exemplary. So I will not accept that anyone comes to tarnish this image. To the fans: I want you to know that at every training session, I fight to make you happy every weekend. Training, giving my all, that’s the limit of my power. Come on, Werder!”, he wrote on his Instagram account.

Uncertain Future

Keita’s actions have cast doubt over his future at Werder Bremen. The club is now investigating the incident and will decide on the appropriate disciplinary action.

Keita’s statement suggests that he is unhappy with his current situation at the club. He may be seeking a move away from Werder Bremen in the summer transfer window.

This incident highlights the importance of player-manager relationships in football. When a player feels undervalued or unhappy, it can lead to disciplinary problems and affect the team’s performance.

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