Juwon Oshaniwa is eager to make a return to Europe
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Juwon Oshaniwa is eager to make a return to Europe

Nigerian defender Juwon Oshaniwa is eager to make a return to Europe after a stint with Nigeria Professional Football League side Akwa United.

Oshaniwa signed for Scottish club Hearts in 2015 and made 24 appearances in his first year in Gorgie, but the left-back was released in 2017 with a year remaining on his contract having a split opinion with the Jambos faithful.

He had a short spell with Akwa United after almost two years without competitive football, but now wants a return to Europe.

Speaking to the Evening News he said: “I canceled my contract mutually with Hearts but it is not like I had a bad run.

"The first year, I arrived after pre-season and the team still had the best defensive record in the league that season. We qualified for the Europa League. I played around 75 percent of the games.

“I don’t know what came up along the line with the team, but I must be honest with you: It’s a team I love with all my heart. I wanted to play for them and I did play for them.

“If you are not playing, you find it depressing, you find it so bad, you are unhappy. But I am a professional. You don’t stop, you just keep moving.

“You can ask Craig Levein and he will tell you. I met him in his office and I said: ‘What is the problem?’ He told me I had been 100 percent professional.

"I don’t know what happened but I am not going to be the person to say: ‘I did not enjoy my period with Hearts.’ Not at all.

"Akwa United is one of the best clubs with the best facilities and a good managerial set-up. That is why I came to play competitive football last season but as a free player.

"I did not sign a contract with them. They are now preparing for a new season but I am waiting to hear from my agent. As things stand, I am a free player. If anything comes up, I can just move. Of course, I would like to come back to Europe.”

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