Trouble with Anthony Modeste

Whats happened with Anthony Modeste?

Anthony Modeste the French striker for CSL side Tianjin Quanjian is refusing to play. It is understood that he is making an employment-related claim to FIFA against his club. 

A statement from FIFA on the situation read "We can confirm that we have received an employment-related claim from the player Anthony Modeste against the club Tianjin Quanjian." 

The player has now refused to take part in any club activities for weeks, previous to this he failed to score in eight matches. His last goal came in a 1-1 draw with Dalian Yifang back in April. 

The negative news coming from the club that has already lost Axel Witsel in the last few weeks is not great. This is especially the case with the Asian Champions League match with Kashima Antlers at the end of the month. 

The expected departure will then leave the CSL club four points above the relegation zone with two foreign players for the remainder of the season. 

It has been suggested that the player could be on for a return to Germany as he said on Sunday "A return to the Bundesliga would be just perfect, I would never say no to the Bundesliga. But I just have to wait now. There is currently no interest from Germany. Borussia Dortmund would be very interesting. I can very well imagine that." 

While sources in the Middle East suggest that Anthony Modeste is in advanced talks with Saudi side Al Hilal. With the season kicking off at the end of the month in Saudi Arabia the deal could be completed this week. 

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