Bassey Keen To Secure Barca Work Permit, Relishes Training With Messi

Bassey Keen To Secure Barca Work Permit, Relishes Training With Messi

Barcelona’s Nigerian forward Ezekiel Bassey is yet to secure his work permit to play for the Catalan club’s B side.

The former Akwa United star signed an initial six-month deal with the possibility of signing for an additional two years if he impresses at the club.


“Life and football are totally different at Barcelona. I’m working very hard to quickly adapt because it is different,” Bassey told npfl.ng on Monday.

“​Already, there is that language barrier and all, so working hard is key to settling down very fast at the club. I have been welcomed and have been seen as a brother and a member of the Barcelona family since I joined them.

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“Playing for Barcelona is a great privilege I’ll cherish for years to come. I’ll be playing soon, I’m actually back in the country to sort out issues regarding my work permit.

“I’ll resume immediately I’m done which should be in a few days. I can’t wait to play my first official game.

“It’s been a great start for me. I’ve had the privilege to train with some of the best players in world football.

​”​Yes, we’ve had a combined training of Team A and B, we do that twice a week. I’m already inspired and will work very hard to play with these very best players.”

Bassey is expected to depart Nigeria for Spain latest Friday.​

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