French striker flees from Ukraine admist fears for safety

Former Nice and Paris Saint-Germain striker Franck Dja Djedje has left Ukrainian club Chronometers Odessa due to the ongoing political problems.

The terrible situation in Ukraine is still ongoing and looks to have no signs of stopping very soon, the knock on political effects have started to reach the football teams in the troubled country. After the friendly between Ukraine and USA was moved to Cyprus, now footballers have started leaving clubs, admitting that they don't feel safe.

French striker Franck Dja Djédjé signed for Ukrainian Premier League side Chronometers Odesa in the summer of 2012 and has now had to leave the club due to the tensions surrounding the town of Odessa. The club agreed to mutually terminate his contract.

"When I watch the news, it does not reassure me. In Odessa, there are many pro-Russian demonstrators, sometimes with neo-Nazis. It's starting to take a wrong turn." he said speaking to major French newspaper L'Equipe.

The 27-year-old striker had played 16 games, scoring three times for the club this season. The team are currently fifth in the Ukrainian Premier League and look to be heading towards another year in the Europa League next season.

Dja Djédjé is now in France and training with the OGC Nice second time to keep himself in shape. He has caught the eye back in France after his performances for Odesa against Lyon in the last round of the Europa League knock-out phase. He showed that he was still able to play against some of France’s best talent as the sides drew 0-0 away in the Ukraine and Lyon edged out the tie 1-0 at the Stade Gerland.

The striker played for PSG when he was 17-years-old, making five appearances in three years, although he mostly spent a year on loan at Stade Brestois. He was a prolific forward for France’s youth sides, scoring 24 goals in 36 games for France at U17, U18 and U19 level.

He never quite matched those heights for any of the seven French sides he played for, becoming a bit of a joke player during his time at Nice where he only managed four goals in 36 games. His time in Ukraine, although it has ended with a sour taste, could see him return to France as a much better player.

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