Serie A star's ordeal ends
Nigeria international midfielder Christian Obodo has been rescued after being kidnapped, Udinese have confirmed.
Obodo, who played on loan at Lecce last season, was taken by a group of armed men in the Nigerian city of Warri on Saturday morning as he made his way to church.
A ransom was demanded for the 28-year-old's release but Obodo's ordeal came to an end on Monday as he was rescued by the police.
A statement from Udinese read: "Thanks to his mobile phone signal, Obodo's position was identified and the police were able to act to free him without needing to pay a ransom."
Obodo said: "I thank God that I am free."