Nigerian defender Ajayi reveals why he snubbed Crystal Palace

Nigerian defender Ajayi reveals why he snubbed Crystal Palace

West Brom defender Oluwasemilogo Ajayi has revealed he snubbed Crystal Palace to secure a move to Arsenal. 

Ajayi began his career in Charlton Athletics before the Nigerian was spotted by Crystal Palace after failing to secure a move to Brentford and Norwich City. During a live Instagram session, the Nigerian revealed how he came close to signing for Palace but opted to head to the North London side. 

The 26-year-old ended up signing a three-year deal after another two-week trial with the Gunners. 

"I went on another trial at Crystal Palace After two weeks, Palace offered me a deal but it was a bad deal, it wasn’t a good deal and my agent was telling me am I not going to sign that and the manager said I’m not going to get anything else," he said. 

"The next day my agent told me he had been on the phone with Arsenal and they wanted me to come in for a trial. I told the Crystal Palace under 23’s manager at the time that it was my last day and going elsewhere, Arsenal and he couldn’t believe it, he told me they could offer me a better deal and I should tell my agent to ring him."

"I went on trial to Arsenal, trained for a week, played my first game against Blackburn under 23’s and scored. Played another game at home against West Brom, played one of the best games in my career and from there I was offered a two-year deal," he added. 

After two years, the Nigerian was forced to leave the north London side after being frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities especially after Arsene Wenger signed Gabriel Paulista.

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