Nigeria forward Samuel Chukwueze has talked about some missed opportunities earlier in his career as he continues to impress for his Spanish LaLiga side, Villarreal.
Chukwueze was one of the outstanding player sat the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup and looked set fora move to one of Europe’s top clubs.
But those deals failed to materialise and he was left to pick up the pieces of a failed dream and worked harder to achieve his goals.
“I have had setbacks, when I had so many options to sign with Porto, Arsenal and Red Bull Salzburg, but it didn’t happen.
“Then I went back to my academy and started training all over again,”Chukwueze told the Nigeria Football Federation
“It was difficult for me at that moment because my teammates had signed some contracts with their teams and I was back home training with my academy before Villarreal picked me up.
“It shows me that you need to keep your head down and keep working harder. If things are not working properly as you think, you need to keep you head down.
“I think I am in a perfect place because of the setback, assuming I went to the club that I was looking at, maybe I won’t be where I am today, so it taught me some lessons,” he concluded.