galatasaray’s henry onyekuru happy to be back in action

13:30    04 Aug 2018

Henry Onyekuru
Nigerian forward Henry Onyekuru has revealed his joy at returning to regular football, having joined Turkish Super Lig champions Galatasaray on loan.

The Everton player spent last term at Anderlecht in the Belgian top flight but he saw little playing time in the second half of the campaign and arguably missed out on Nigeria’s 2018 World Cup squad as a result.

Since joining Gala from the Toffees last month, on a deal which will run to the end of the 2018/19 season, Onyekuru has been seeing plenty of action and has notably scored in friendlies against Club Africain and Valencia.

In his first interview with Turkish media, the 21-year-old told Fanatik that he is happy to be back playing football on a regular basis.

“I feel great, I’m injury free now and feel at 100 percent,” he revealed, before explaining that staying at Gala for a longer than a season could be an option, but the decision ultimately rests with his parent club.

“Will I stay on at Galatasaray? Everything is possible in football but this is something for Everton to decide.

“I have a contract with Everton, if I were to leave it would have to be in both our interests.

“I am happy here, everyone has been so welcoming, the staff, the coaches and the fans.”

Onyekuru also rejected the claims that Valencia will buy out his loan move to the Turkish team and bring him to Spain.

“I’ve heard the Valencia rumours,” he explained. “I am solely focused on Galatasaray next season, these are matters for my agent but I can say there is nothing happening.”

Onyekuru also revealed that he turned down offers from the Premier League and Germany’s top flight to move to Galatasaray, and feels his ideal position is as a centre forward.

“I had offers from the Premier League and Bundesliga,” he said. “My priority was playing time, I wanted to join a big club where I would play regularly.”

He added, “My original position is a No 9 but I can play on the right and the left wing.”


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