Acun Ilicali explains Benjamin Tetteh departure as Tigers primed for more new arrivals including Aaron Connolly
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Owner Acun Ilicali has confirmed he expects Benjamin Tetteh to leave Hull City this weekend after the club accepted a bid from a team in France earlier this week.
Ilicali says Tetteh asked to move to France for personal reasons and the club has therefore granted his wish, with City, Liam Rosenior, Ilicali and the Ghana international parting on good terms.
The Championship outfit will receive a nominal fee for the 26-year-old frontman who arrived on a free transfer 12 months ago, scoring one goal in 15 Championship appearances in a season ravaged by injury.
Tetteh’s departure is expected to be ratified in the coming hours with the Tigers hoping to confirm the arrival of Aaron Connolly on a permanent contract ahead of Saturday’s final friendly of the summer against FC Nantes at the MKM Stadium, in a deal which has been ongoing since first being reported by Hull Live earlier this month.
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The Tigers remain in discussions with a number of other potential new recruits, with Rosenior close to adding more attacking talent to his squad ahead of the new campaign, which kicks off at Norwich City next Saturday.
“In the last few days, I’ve heard a lot of our fans worrying about financial fair play. I want to say that we don’t have a financial fair play problem,” Ilicali told Hull Live.
“Tetteh leaving has nothing to do with that. He made it clear that he wanted to leave and go to France because of some issues which have been having an impact on him.
“Liam and his staff have sanctioned his exit and believe they can deal with him leaving the squad, so we have allowed him to go with our blessing.
“We will get a small amount of money for him, but it’s not about that. We showed him our support in making the move happen and we did not ask for big money.
“Me and Liam always want to continue with the players who want to be with us and give us their full efforts. If any player does not want to be here then that is fine, I will not blame the player because this is life, everybody has their own feelings and reasons.
“We want to continue with dedicated players who are fully focused on winning with our team. Tetteh is a fantastic guy, I love him, for me, he’s a very important person but the minute he said he wanted to leave, we had no other option.”
It’s understood Rosenior has sanctioned the departure of at least two members of his squad as he looks to reduce the number of players at his disposal, which currently stands at 27.
“I want to say to the fans that we are about to make a team exactly as Liam wants. We will have three or four more signings and when you look at the team, we are covering the areas Liam wants to improve, and I think he’s very happy.
“I expect some players to leave that Liam doesn’t see as part of his plans because he wants a smaller squad with his kind of players, it will be his decision who goes, but those decisions have nothing to do with financial fair play. Liam wants a good squad with a certain amount of players.”
Meanwhile, Ilicali has explained why the club walked away from a deal to sign Karl Darlow from Newcastle United, as the 32-year-old closes in on a move to the Tigers’ Yorkshire rivals Leeds United.
After lengthy conversations with Rosenior, it was decided the finances involved with bringing Darlow back to the MKM Stadium on a permanent deal would be better spent elsewhere, with attacking options top of Rosenior’s summer wishlist.
“It has been written that Newcastle are not getting a big amount of money for him. His salary can only be paid by clubs with parachute money,” he continued.
“Darlow is a very good goalkeeper but we didn’t think it was reasonable to spend the money he would command when we could bring in three good players for that.
“Liam is very satisfied with Matt Ingram. Our goalkeeping coach (Barry Richardson) and Liam are both very happy with Matt so we are calm about the situation.”