Nigerian striker Jonathan Afolabi has explained why he snubbed three English Premier League clubs to join Scottish side Celtic.
Afolabi was out of contract after he failed to agree a new deal at Southampton, and also snubbed two other unnamed EPL clubs.
He signed a three-year deal with the Scottish champions.
The 19-year-old has now explained the reason behind his decision.
“Celtic is just a stand-out team for me, and they have a great reputation of bringing youngsters from the Academy through the ranks.
“This is a great club, with a great history, and a great place for me to be a part of. I look forward to helping out in the seasons ahead.
“The club has great facilities, and a great winning mentality, which is what I want to be a part of.
“My goal here is to be part of a winning squad, adopt that winning mentality, and learn from the boys. If I can learn from the senior players, I’ll hopefully have the chance to play in front of these great fans.
“With such a talented pool of players, it’s going to take time and hard work to break in, to prove myself to the manager and the dressing room – but that’s something I would have to do anyway.
“Hopefully I can get a bit of time on the pitch in the future to showcase what I’ve got.”
Afolabi has played for Republic of Ireland youth team and is eligible to represent Nigeria at international level.
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