Everton forward Oumar Niasse has accused his former boss Ronald Koeman for trying to destroy his football career.
The 27-year-old endured a challenging 2016-17 campaign under the former Southampton gaffer as he was demoted to the u23 side and loaned to Hull City where he notched four goals in 17 league games.
Niasse who is currently the leading topscorer for the Goodison Park outfit with six goals in nine appearances across all competitions this season, revealed that his mental strength paid off in coping with the difficult scenarios.
“When Koeman arrived I was a real good target to destroy,” Niasse told BBC World Service.
“He tried, but I was strong enough to stay. I worked so hard to come to the Premier League so I had to stay in the Premier League.
“For him (Koeman), he worked so hard to let me go. He tried to a do a lot of things that were not nice.
“Having taken my locker, my shirt number, he took me out of the dining room where we eat and took me to the Under-23s without no locker there.
“It was very difficult. You need a very strong mindset to deal with that because you don’t have any respect at the club.
“Using the word ‘slavery’ is too much, but it was very difficult. That’s all I can say.”
The Ouakam-born forward is currently serving a two-match ban after been found guilty for diving against Crystal Palace, and will miss the trip to Southampton on Sunday and their home game against West Ham United on Wednesday.