4-cap Croatian international Leon Benko is back in his home town of Varaždin after his stint with Chinese Super League club Dalian Aerbin turned sour, resulting in the former Rijeka striker reporting the club to football’s governing body FIFA…
Benko (30) walked out on his Chinese club after he claims that he did not receive his wages for three months.
“I don’t have any obligations towards Dalian Aerbin. There is a FIFA law that says if the player doesn’t get paid for 90 days that player becomes a free agent,” Benko was quoted as saying by China’s Xinhua news agency, before adding.
“I didn’t get paid for 90 days so I am free to sign the contract with any club. I’m not going back to China. I’m waiting for the FIFA ruling. I expect to have it by the end of September and then I will be able to talk about all the details of my case and about everything that I went through.”
Benko spent six months with Dalian, signing back in February after setting the Croatian first division on fire with Rijeka which led to him being recalled to the Croatian national team. (Photo credit: HNS)