Hibs’ Stephane Omeonga faces uncertain future as parent club Genoa put up for sale

Stephane Omeonga faces an uncertain future after the on-loan Hibs midfielder’s parent club Genoa were put up for sale by owner Enrico Preziosi.

A statement on the club’s official website said: “Genoa Cricket and Football Club S.p.A. announces that a mandate has been given to Assietta S.p.A., a financial consultancy company, specialising in corporate finance, as an advisor for the sale of the club.

“To support the sales process, the advisor will also be supported by a subject with an international profile.”

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The Rossoblu have two more league games remaining - a home clash with Cagliari and a trip to face Fiorentina - and could still be relegated from the Italian top flight.

Stephane Omeonga has become a favourite with the Easter Road faithful since joining on loan from Genoa. Picture: SNS Group
Stephane Omeonga has become a favourite with the Easter Road faithful since joining on loan from Genoa. Picture: SNS Group

Genoa are currently 17th in the standings, one point clear of Empoli in the last relegation spot, but have only won one of their last ten games - a 2-0 win over champions Juventus.

In their previous games against the two sides, they held La Viola to a goalless draw but lost 1-0 to Cagliari.

Omeonga said earlier this month that he had no interest in returning to the Serie A strugglers should they be relegated - but his future could be out of his hands.

Any prospective new owner may look to offload some of the team’s fringe players - Genoa currently have 41 players out on loan - or move on some of the club’s top talent in a bid to free up more funds.

Speaking to the Evening News’ sister publication Scotland on Sunday, the Belgian midfielder said: “I have two years left on my contract and there is no clause in my contract [if Genoa are relegated] but, yes, things will change.

“I changed a lot of coaches there. The first season I played 23 games so it was all good. I was away with the national team all the time [the Under-21s] and then the next season everything changed quickly. I didn’t understand.

“It was the same coach who I had finished the season with - I was just not part of his plans anymore.”