Takuma Asano announces his quit Partizan Belgrade on Twitter
Japanese international, Takuma Asano, turned to social media on Sunday morning to announce that he’s quit Partizan Belgrade.
Asano, 26, wrote on Twitter: [I] have terminated my playing contract with FK Partizan Belgrade.
LINE BLOG更新しました! I, Takuma Asano, have terminated my playing contract with FK Partizan Belgrade.https://t.co/2nfWBfBdjm
— 浅野拓磨 Takuma Asano (@AsaTaku29) May 2, 2021
Why has Takuma Asano quit Partizan?
Partizan are second in the Serbia Super Liga: a distant 12 points behind champions Crvena Zvavda.
Asano is Partizan’s leading goalscorer this season with 18 goals in the league. Interestingly, none of those goals have been penalties.
Also, Asano has chipped in with 8 assists in the league.
The Japanese midfielder is the second-highest scorer in the league.
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So why has Asano dramatically walked out on Partizan? It’s because the club has repeatedly failed to make payments on time, as Asano explained on his own website:
I, Takuma Asano, have terminated my playing contract with FK Partizan Belgrade.
After struggling for some time, I have no other choice but to come to this difficult decision because I do not feel respected by the club. The club has continuously failed to pay my salary and expenses on time (to date, there is still a significant amount outstanding) and has been less than straightforward in their response to my repeated demands.
It pains me to have to leave the club under these unfortunate circumstances, because FK Partizan was an important club in my playing career.
I am truly grateful to all those who supported me during my time at Partizan, including:
– Coach Savo Milosevic, who invited me to join the club;
– Coach Aleksandar Stanojevic, who always trusted and supported me;
– My amazing teammates and team staff; and
– All the fans who always believed in me and the team.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Asano joined Partizan from Arsenal in 2019
Back in 2019, Asano moved to Partizan from Arsenal for a reported one million pounds.
Partizan agreed to pay Arsenal in three instalments.
Asano never made an appearance for Arsenal, despite being on the club’s books for three years.
During his Gunners spell, Asano was loaned out to VfB Stuttgart and Hannover 96.
Arsenal signed Asano from Sanfrecce Hiroshima.