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Etebo: I Turned Down Premier League Clubs To Join Stoke City

Etebo: I Turned Down Premier League Clubs To Join Stoke City

Nigeria midfielder, Oghenekaro Etebo ,has revealed that he turned down Premier League interest this summer before opting to join English Championship  club, Stoke City, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

Etebo, 22, joined the Potters from Portuguese club, CD Feirense last month.

Etebo caught the eyes of many with a string of outstanding performances for the Super Eagles at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

He revealed that a decision on his future would have been made after the World Cup Finals had he not been so impressed by the vision and ambition of the Stoke City hierarchy and promptly sealed the deal before the tournament.

“I feel great, I am finally here and I really appreciate the support and the welcome that everybody has given to me,” Etebo told Stoke City+.

“Everybody needs a break after a tournament like the World Cup, but my mind has been here, I knew that I was coming to Stoke City and I was excited about it.

“I spoke to a lot of friends about the move and the tradition of this Club appealed to me – everybody knows that this is a big Club, even though we suffered relegation last season.

“It is important for us to do well this season, to make sure that everything goes well in the future, but I know how difficult a challenge this will be.

“I had a lot of options this summer from the Premier League, but I signed this deal before I went to the World Cup, and I am happy with that.

“I did that because of the relationship and the conversations I had. I was happy with what was said – if I wasn’t then I wouldn’t have come to Stoke City.”

The former Warri Wolves midfielder also believes thatvthe upcoming season will be a successful one for the club.

“I believe that we are going to make this a great season. I am going to give my best and hopefully, that will be enough for the Club.” Etebo added.

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  • You must assume we are a bunch of idiots in this forum.
    So if Stoke gains promotion the premier ship, Then you will leave stoke and go down to a lower team.
    Don’t fool yourself. Stupidity and humility are not the same thing.
    Or is this still the symptoms of Rohr’s inferiority complex?
    Guy, please don’t insult us.

  • Mykel 3 years ago

    he sounded confused in the whole interview, if not that he played well in the world cup, I would have placed him where I placed ighalo and iheanacho.

  • dr christo 3 years ago

    I think he made a great mistake instead of him accepting it he is here saying rubbish, he would have waited after the world cup he will sign well he never new he will do well 

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    I love this guy, but Etebo you fall my hand. Very sad for Naija football, currently this guy is our best player, if our best player is currently playing in the championship league what does this says about our players?

  • Dr. Drey 3 years ago

    “I spoke to a lot of friends about the move and the tradition of this Club appealed to me – everybody knows that this is a big Club, even though we suffered relegation last season”

    And we want to reach the semi-finals of the world cup…???
    A certain CR7 even at 33 didn’t settle for less…..Nigerian footballers really need to change their mentality.

  • Sunnyb 3 years ago

    @Ugo iwunze, Bro pls tell me  who was our best player at Russia?

    • @Sunnyb If you are talking about Russia then you must have missed Ahmed Musa. Wilfred Ndidi was our Best Midfielder Etebo does not have an End product it makes no use to be run and not be able to deliver a finish or Decisive pass thats Etebo for you All run but no finish weak in dead balls too. it goes with out saying that Genort Rohr left some good players behind the likes of Kelechi Nwakali who would have been much more of a threat than Ogenekaro Etebo and the former is a free kick specialist as well as a master in assists. so please he Etebo is not our best player. Thank you

  • @Ugo iwunze we knw etebo has fall our hand, but dat does not mean he is not our best player. Etebo u are very stupid.

  • Oluwa, when the news of Etebo’s move to Stoke City broke, it was initially met by me with a mixture of disappointment and praise.

    Disappointment that he moved to a division 2 club but praise that he has sorted he immediate future out.

    However, as time went on, I couldn’t help but extinguish all feelings of disappointment and be very happy for Etebo.

    Yes, I want Etebo to play in the English Premier League, yes there is some wisdom in the argument that he should have waited until after his performance at the world cup to sort his future out, yes I run the risk of being called all sort of names for my present position on this matter but I now strongly believe that Etebo has done the right thing and his decision to join Stoke City may turn out to be one of the best footballing decisions he ever made.

    Why? I hear you ask. Well for the following 3 reasons.

    1) The (EFL) English Football League Championship is very ruthless: None of the teams in the league wants to be there (which is a good thing). They all want to be in the English Premier League so they battle tooth and nail to gain promotion. Stoke recently got relegated after many successful years in the Premier League and they want to follow in the footsteps of Newcastle United by gaining automatic promotion.

    I don’t envy Etebo and his colleagues. They have to be at the top of their game week in week out in this relentless, often brutal struggle to gain promotion. The skills gained in this struggle for promotion should serve him well for Nigeria.

    2) The EFL is actually a top European league: Check out these facts – The EFL Championship is the wealthiest non-top flight football division in the world and the seventh richest division in Europe. With an average match attendance for the 2016–17 season of 20,130 the Championship ranked second after the German 2. Bundesliga as the most-watched secondary league in the world.

    In one particular season, the EFL announced a total attendance (including postseason) of 9.8 million, which – for that season – was the fourth highest total attendance for a European football division, behind the FA Premier League (12.88m), Spain’s La Liga (11.57m) and Germany’s Bundesliga (10.92m), but beating Italy’s Serie A (9.77m) and France’s Ligue 1 (8.17m).

    3) Stoke City has pedigree and ambition: Founded as Stoke Ramblers in 1863, Stoke City are the second-oldest professional football club in the world, after Notts County, and were a founding member of the Football League in 1888.

    Prior to their recent unfortunate relegation, Stoke City made the English Premier League their home for about 10 year. High quality players like Peter Odenwingie, Peter Crouch, Victor Moses, Darren Fletcher, Seyi Olofijana, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marc Muniesa are all notable past/present players.

    Stoke City are keen to return back to where they believe they belong (the English Premier League). In Etebo, they believe they have found a player that will help them do just that from a harsh and unforgiving fiercely competitive league.