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‘It’s a regret’ – Player reveals Birmingham City transfer mistake


Eddy Gnahore has revealed his regret over cancelling his contract with Birmingham City.

The midfielder joined Blues in 2010 after a spell in Manchester City’s youth system and big things were expected of him.

“He’s a talented midfield player,” explained then-academy director Terry Westley. “(He’s) not really a Vieira because he’s not a tackler. He’s more a number 10 who can also do a shift in midfield.

“He is only a first year, only 17 years of age. He has just been picked for the French under-18 squad, so you have got a player who is one of the best in their country in his age group.

“That tells you the pedigree you’re dealing with. You’re not talking about the top 50, he’s one of their best players.”

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Eddy Gnahore

A year later, Gnahore signed his first professional deal running until 2014 having impressed for the Blues youth side.

Then, in 2012, he was handed a first-team squad number and made the bench for an FA Cup clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

A senior debut followed, with Gnahore replacing Chris Burke when Blues were leading 4-0 away at Sheffield United in January 2012.

But disaster struck just a month later. The former France under-18 international ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during a training session.

Ghanore made it back to the fringes of the first-team a year later but never forced his way back into contention and September 2013, left by mutual consent with a season left to run on his contract.

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Six years on, 25-year-old Ghanore signed permanently for French Ligue 1 side Amiens in the summer following a season on loan there from Italian club Palermo.

But he’s admitted leaving Blues in the circumstances he did was a mistake.

 

“Birmingham, in the Championship, offered me an elite contract,” Gnahore told Le Parisien (via Sport Witness). “Two years as a trainee and then three years as a pro. It went well. I even made two appearances (in the squad) with the first-team.

“Just before my third game, I ruptured the ligaments in my knee. Everything crumbled down. When I came back, the manager who trusted me had been sacked (Chris Hughton had left to join Norwich).

“I’m 19 and the new manager (Lee Clark) wants nothing to do with me. I decide to break my contract. Today, it’s a regret. I should have thought about it more”.

Having established himself as a regular for Amiens, Gnahore’s career appears to be finally back on track.

“I’m a survivor,” he added.





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