By Femi Adefioye, Lagos
Ex-Eaglet, Victor Osimhen has stated that German Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg remains “the right place” for him to start his European adventure.
Osimhen completed the move to the club last December and has been training with the club at their camp in La Manga.
He said he is excited that Wolfsburg have showed belief in his talent.
“I’d like to thank the coach (Valérien Ismaël) and the sporting director (Olaf Rebbe) for having me here, giving me this chance and for believing in me. Wolfsburg is the right place for me to get my career started. It’s up to me to give something back now. To do that, I must work hard and learn,” said Osimhen in his first interview via the club’s official website.
Osimhen is, however, ready to wait and bide his time at the club and make his mark at the Volkswagen Arena after undergoing knee surgery last year.
He is also intermingling with his new teammates, who he claims have been telling him “lots about the club.”
“They (my Wolfsburg teammates) are all very friendly to me and tell me lots about the club. When I’m needed, I want to help the team, but I am a young player and I can wait until my time comes,” he said.
The teenage Nigerian forward had been linked with former English champions Arsenal but opted for the German outfit and Rebbe is excited that they were able to attract Osimhen ahead of some of Europe’s big guns that showed interest in him following his impressive performance at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in 2015.
“We have been intensively observing Victor’s development over a long period and we were able to secure the signing in spite of interest from big clubs from abroad.
Victor’s profile totally fits into our philosophy of not only developing talented young players from within the club, but also binding foreign players to VfL in the long-term,” the Wolfsburg sporting director said about the signing of their new young striker.
The club’s head coach, Ismaël, took time to reel out what Osimhen could bring to the table for the club, despite being a teenager.
“Although just 18, Victor already possesses great presence in attack. He has a good eye for goal and is fast for a lad of his height.
He does need to build-up a bit physically and get used to how football is played in Germany, but we intend to help him take those steps,” the Wolfsburg gaffer said.
Osimhen was officially presented as a player of the club this week and has been handed squad number 18.
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