Nottingham Forest maestro Adlene Guedioura last night completed a move to Kuwait-based team Al Gharafa, as confirmed by the club’s official website.
The Algerian returned to Forest from Middlesbrough in February 2018 and played for the club 27 times last season.
It is the second time the 33-year-old has left the City Ground and leaves having been part of the Algeria team that recently won the African Cup of Nations.
Guedioura was rumoured to have had a spat with former boss Martin O’Neill, according to The Guardian.
It had seemed like he may earn a reprieve with new head coach Sabri Lamouchi stating his intention to run the rule over Guedioura.
That wasn’t to be, however, with the player expressing a desire to leave for Kuwait.
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Forest won’t miss Guedioura. In the first three games of the campaign, Alfa Semedo has looked an incredible find; whilst Samba Sow and Ben Watson have also looked decent when called upon.
There is also John Bostock to come into the team yet and he did very well during Tuesday night’s cup game against Fleetwood Town.
If anything the departure of Guedioura must be viewed as a positive. He has quite clearly headed back towards home for the lucrative deal on offer and Forest shouldn’t pursue players who don’t want to be at the City Ground.
Lamouchi knows he must trim players away from his squad and losing Guedioura is no big deal really.
The reported spat with O’Neill probably tells supporters all they need to know about the experienced player.
He’s always talked about Forest being ‘his’ club, but realistically he seems the type to adore whoever is paying his wages.
There is definitely life after Guedioura and he wouldn’t have been a regular in Lamouchi’s team anyway.