SAMUEL CHUKWUEZE: I ALMOST JOINED ARSENAL

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    Super Eagles wonderkid Samuel Chukwueze has indicated his interestof joining a Premier League club after his proposed move to Arsenal collapsed three years back. The Nigerian winger has been amazing for Villarreal from Diamond Academy in 2016 one year after winning FIFA U17 World Cup with Golden Eaglets. He opened his goalscoring account for the senior national team during their 2-1 victory over South Africa at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations championship in Egypt.

    The 20-year-old has scored eight goals and three assists in all competitions for the Yellow Submarines so far. Chukwueze scored five goals and two assists in 26 La Liga appearances at the end of 2018-19 season. Premier League title-chasers Manchester City and Liverpool are reportedly said to have shown interest in him.

    The 20-year-old was said to have told the media that moving to England remains one of his dreams having admitted his former club were not happy with the terms and conditions offered by the Gunners. “Playing in England is still an ambition for me,” he told Team Talk. “I need to keep on working hard and to keep improving. I really want to play in England. “It was very close for me to sign for Arsenal, almost had the contract in my hands. Unfortunately, it did not work out fine with my academy due to the side of agreement and payment. They did not agree with the terms of the contract.”

    Seasoned Spanish football reporter Guillem Balague describes the Nigerian youngster’s ability as “unbelievable” and stressed that this is a player who is “exciting to watch”. He told BBC Sport: “He has just been called up into the senior Nigeria national team and has previously won the Under-17 World Cup with them in 2015. “Only 19 and at La Liga side Villarreal, Chukwueze is an attacking midfielder who can play in both wide areas and his dribbling ability is unbelievable. “He has already scored in the league and cup and you have a player who is new and exciting to watch.”

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