Cambridge United can confirm that striker Uche Ikpeazu will leave the Football Club following the conclusion of the 2017/2018 season, after rejecting offers to extend his contract at the Abbey Stadium.
Having been in discussions with the striker for several months, the club had tabled a series of strong and competitive packages at League Two level.
However, the club can confirm that Ikpeazu has declined the offers put forward, making his desire to play at a higher level clear in each conversation, and that he has decided his future lies away from the Abbey Stadium at the conclusion of his current deal.
The striker has now informed the club of his decision to sign a pre-contract agreement elsewhere.
Cambridge United Head of Football, Ben Strang commented: "Naturally we’re disappointed that Uche will not be extending his stay at the club beyond the end of the season. Through conversations between the club, Uche and his representatives, the club has done everything it can to persuade him to stay. However we recognise that as in this case, players have the right to exercise their option to seek alternative opportunities and secure the best financial package.
“Since signing as a free agent in 2016 he’s made a good contribution to Cambridge United, and the club would like to think we have played a significant part in his development. For the remaining four games of the season, Uche will continue to give his all for the club if and when required.
“Meanwhile, we continue to have positive conversations with our existing players and external targets as we plan and build next season’s squad. Whilst we would have wanted Uche to be a part of that, we move on with our planning and adjust our focus to other targets.”
We would like to thank Uche for his commitment and efforts across his two seasons with the Football Club, and wish him the best of luck for the future.