Samuel Chukwueze on his Premier League ambition after failed Arsenal move
Super Eagles youngster Samuel Chukwueze has admitted that he would be open to joining a Premier League club after his proposed move to Arsenal collapsed three years ago.
The Nigerian winger has been impressive for his Spanish League side Villarreal from Diamond Academy in 2016 one year after winning FIFA U17 World Cup with Golden Eaglets.
He scored his first goal 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 and he has now attracted interests from Premier League title-chasers Manchester City and Liverpool according to the Daily Mail.
Squawka reports that the 20-year-old told the media that moving to England remains one of his ambition 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.”
The winger has been likened to Dutch legend Arjen Robben, who has been regarded by many as one of the best wide-players of his generation.
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”.
Balugue told BBC Sport: "He has just been called up into the senior Nigeria national team and has previously won the U17 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.”
Chukwueze has made four appearances at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations championship in Egypt scoring once in the process.
It was earlier reported that Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze has set a new record at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after becoming the youngest player to score at the ongoing continental championship.
The 20-year-old found the back of the net for the Super Eagles in their semifinal clash against South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium.
Although his goal got canceled out by a VAR assisted goal from Bongani Zungu with less than 20 minutes of game time left.
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