King’s Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell furious at Valter Fernandes’ departure
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Defender Valter Fernandes last night left King's Lynn Town under a cloud of controversy.
Furious Linnets boss Gary Setchell insisted the club has not received a seven-day approach for his services and claimed his departure had come about in 'underhand' circumstances. But the agent of the former Portugal Under-19 captain, Patrick Elsmore Dodsworth, said the pacy right-back had left of his own accord in order to find more first-team football.
Setchell, who on Monday released centre-back Phil Gulliver, said: 'Valter told me he is moving to Manchester and he is leaving King's Lynn to join another club in our division in the Manchester area – although we have not received any seven-day approaches from any clubs.
'It's all very underhand in my opinion and that can happen when agents get involved.
'I found Valter a club, I found him accommodation and I told him this year would be a learning curve as he had to get used to English football. He had a good opportunity here and had a good chance of playing on Saturday now that Phil has gone. I'm not very happy about it all – but I had a lot of time for Valter and I think he has probably been too honest in what he said to me. But I wish him all the best in his career – this is nothing to do with him.'
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Setchell confirmed that the Linnets would be 'investigating' the matter to ensure their departed defender hadn't been the subject of an illegal approach. Non-contracted players, such as Fernandes, are free to talk to any other club – but only once they have lodged a week's notice of their interest to the team he is signed for. But Lynn secretary Norman Cesar last night confirmed the club hadn't received an approach.
The 24-year-old, who played for FC Porto as a youngster, is thought to be considering taking on his parents' nationality and representing African country Guinea-Bissau at senior international level. And Elsmore Dodsworth insists that's the main reason he is leaving.
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'Valter is not in Manchester, he is still in North Walsham,' claimed the agent.
'Valter had decided to leave King's Lynn but that doesn't mean he's signed a contract for another club, or that he's been approached by any club. He enjoyed his time at King's Lynn and his relationship with everyone there, including the supporters.'
The 24-year-old joined The Walks club in the summer after a successful trial and made four competitive appearances.