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Bolasie explains Sporting and training absence in heartfelt statement

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Yannick Bolasie has opened up on his exit from Sporting CP and his absence from Everton training in a heartfelt statement.

The winger spent the campaign on loan with the Portuguese side and begun his spell well, but later fell out-of-favour and returned to England when the coronavirus pandemic shut down football across the continent.

The 31-year-old then explained that it was deemed unsafe for him to travel back to his temporary side for the remaining matches of the campaign.

In a statement released on his Twitter account, Bolasie discussed the challenges which face both him and his Sporting teammates throughout the season.

He wrote: "Football wise it's been a roller coaster as we had four managers in seven months which for any team can't be helpful as that's different philosophies/different lineups, but I still feel me and the boys rose to the challenge and kept fighting on all fronts.

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"For me personally I felt I was trusted by everyone I worked with as I played under all the managers while I was there, ending up with about 23/25 games in that seven month period.

"For me as a professional you have to be open to helping the team first which I always am, hence why I played numerous roles in that period but for me on a personal level it restricted me from being the player I know I am. From the jubilation of getting man of the match on my debut to then switching positions almost every other game was a downer but I stuck to it and all the fans know I gave 100%.

"As a family we had our ups and downs adjusting to life there but we tried out best to connect with the people as much as possible as we felt that would be the only way to be able to tap into the culture.

"All I want everyone in Sporting CP to know is I gave you 10% in every game I played in, I wore that iconic green and white shirt with pride and made great friends/brothers that will be with me for life."

The winger then went on to discuss his current situation at Everton, with one year remaining on his contract with the club.

Bolasie has not been able to train with his teammates in recent weeks due to coronavirus regulations which he admits has been frustrating.

However, the 31-year-old has set out his desire to keep himself fit and prove himself to the new management team at the club as soon as he possibly can.

He added: "People have been asking me why I haven't been training etc...I don't like ignoring those questions especially from fans who support me & the team.

"I use my socials as a way to interact with the fans and love doing it but I wanted to wait until the 30th when my contract was finished with Sporting CP to then speak about Everton.

"I am currently ineligible to play this current season and right now with the regulations the way they are, only a certain allocated number of staff/players are permitted onto the training ground who are involved on match days.

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"It's been very hard not being able to train the way I want but in these times we are all having to adjust to things we don't find normal.

"All I can say is I'm working extremely hard behind the scenes to maintain my levels so when I do get allowed back to train with the boys I'm super ready to show the management and support staff that I'm back to being the player I was pre-injury, god willing I've had two seasons of solid football we're [sic] now I'm feeling how I should be.

"I can't wait to put on that Blues shirt again.

"See you soon."




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