In anticipation of the upcoming winter transfer window, 21-year-old striker Hugo Ekitike, sidelined by PSG manager Luis Enrique, reportedly remains focused on training at the PSG Campus while waiting for a transfer.
Ekitike, absent from the squad since the first day of Ligue 1, seemingly continues to work as a professional, biding his time until the opportunity to leave in the next transfer window arrives, assuming that happens.
Excluded from Luis Enrique's selections since September 3, Ekitike has not featured in any matches, including the Champions League and Ligue 1 clashes. His last on-field appearance dates back to August 12, accumulating only 9 minutes against Lorient on the opening day of Ligue 1.
Le Parisien sheds light on Ekitike's daily routine since his exclusion from the gameday squad, detailing his commitment to training despite working in the shadows these days.
The decision to decline a move to Eintracht Frankfurt last summer even when presented with a contract offer, complicated Randal Kolo Muani's transfer and worsened the relationship between PSG and Ekitike.
Ekitike has stayed level-headed and he still trains with the team and works with a physical trainer during the week with reduced training sessions suitable for his routine.
The French under-20 international has displayed "dedication and impeccable behavior," staying connected with teammates.
With less than two months until the winter transfer window, Ekitike anticipates an exit but that's not guaranteed to happen. Le Parisien reports that he is already thinking about his next move and what would suit him best, mostly emphasizing the importance of securing playing time wherever he goes next.
Despite PSG having accepted loan offers from Adana Demirspor (Turkey) and Zenith (Russia) during the summer transfer window, Ekitike declined the opportunities. It's still unknown who will come calling PSG's doors about the services of the youngster.