By Kayode Ogundare:
Super Eagles midfield star Wilfred Ndidi has reiterated his determination to help Nigeria impress at the 2018 World Cup in Russia and will not be distracted by speculations surrounding his future at English Premier League club Leicester City, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Ndidi, who was one of Leicester City’s top performers last season and voted the club’s Young Player of the Year, claims he is not thinking of anything beyond the national team’s participation at the World Cup.
“I’m currently in camp and preparing for the World Cup. I’m in high spirits and confident of being fully fit for my team. We want to do well at the World Cup and a win in our first game is key to how far we’ll go in the competition,” Ndidi told completesportsnigeria.com.
The former KRC Genk of Belgium player expressed satisfaction at the performance of his club last season and is upbeat they can build on it for next season.
“We (Leicester City) tried our best even though we didn’t start very brightly. However, at the end, I’m satisfied with what we achieved. We finished in ninth place and ended the season stronger than we started it despite the ups and downs that we went through,” he said.
Ndidi also doused speculations linking him with a move away from the King Power Stadium after he was heavily linked with Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Arsenal.
He said: “Those are just speculations and I don’t pay heed to them. I have a contract with Leicester City and I intend to respect it. I’m a young player still learning and there’s a long way to go for me in the game so why should I be in a rush to leave. Everything has its time.”
After missing the friendly against Congo DR on Tuesday, Ndidi is expected to feature against England in Saturday’s friendly at Wembley Stadium for his 16th Super Eagles cap.