Levante striker Obafemi Martins insists he made the right decision to leave Rubin Kazan, although it meant he had to take a “big” pay cut.
Following a low period in his career where he looked set to end it all in the backwaters of the Russian league, the 28 year-old forward has since rediscovered his prowess in front of goal for the Liga side, having netted six times in 13 games.
According to reports, Martins took a huge pay cut from being on an annual salary of two million euros at Rubin down to 600,000 euros to move to Spain and play for Levante, but the Nigeria international is still confident he made the right decision and is delighted to be back among the goals.
“I’m busy playing now and scoring goals, so I’m happy,” Martins told Goal.com.
“You know as a footballer, you can’t expect everything to be going up all the time. When things are difficult you try to sort it out yourself, you try to push yourself back up.
“What I did was I made the decision to leave Russia and I’m in Levante now scoring goals. I wanted my fans to know that I can still play and do well, that’s why I left Russia.
“I chose the favourite team which is Levante and the pay cut was very big. I lost a lot of money because I love football. I have a passion for football that’s why I did it. And now I’m glad I made the decision and I’ve been playing now.”