By Alex Taylor
Enner Valencia has given his version of events after allegedly failing to pay child maintenance for his daughter.
According to The Sun, the West Ham attacker, who is on a season-long Everton loan, had been confronted by police over claims he owed £13,362 to his wife to aid in the upbringing of his daughter Beira Valencia Pinargote.
Footage then emerged seeming to show the Ecuador international faking an injury during a game in order to escape waiting police officers.
Valencia took to social media to give his version of events.
“In relation to the events of the past few days,” Valencia told his official Instagram account. “…I feel the need to make the following clarifications, in order not only to clarify the facts, but to honour the image of my family and myself, both personally and professionally.
“I am currently facing several lawsuits initiated by Sinthyia Pinargote Chumo, which I perceive, they are aimed exclusively on matters of economic and personal gain, such as the demand for maintenance, presented in 2015, where I set the amount of thirty thousand dollars a month as alimony.
“Within the last two years, despite spending a sum estimated to a £80,600 for pensions of food, which can be verified on the website of the judiciary, she has prevented me strengthening my relationship with my daughter.
“After talking with my family, we have made the decision to file a lawsuit, seeking custody of my daughter Beira, aiming for her to come live and study in England, where I live now, so she can grow in a stable environment, with the necessary conditions for her development.
“That application was granted in December 2015, the judiciary bestowing me custody of my daughter Beira, and ensuring she received a monthly pension.”
According to a further report in The Sun, the on-loan Everton star then goes on to claim that he delivered around £4,500 a month to the mother of his child, Ms. Pinargote, who spent the money on luxury cars and jewellery.
Valencia concludes his statement by confirming that he has now paid all judicial costs relating to his daughter as well as a cheque for £8,000, in unpaid obligations.
The forward joined the Merseyside outfit on-loan from West Ham this summer after failing to secure regular first-team football in east London
Valencia has scored 52 goals and provided 31 assists in 216 matches throughout his club career.
The attacker has featured just three times for the Toffees since his arrival and is still awaiting his first goal for the club.
The Blues are enjoying life under new manager Ronald Koeman this season and currently sit fifth in the Premier League after picking up 14 points from seven games this term.