Onyekuru reveals reason for rejecting PSG move

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GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 6: Henry Onyekuru of Galatasaray during the UEFA Champions League match between Schalke 04 v Galatasaray at the Veltins Arena on November 6, 2018 in Gelsenkirchen Germany (Photo by Peter Lous/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Nigeria international Henry Onyekuru says he rejected the chance to join to PSG, opting instead to sign for Everton.

The 21-year-old Nigerian winger, only made the move from Eupen to Everton in 2017, following links with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester United.

He is currently on loan with Turkish Super Lig side Galatasaray. The Everton man has racked up 26 appearances for the Turkish giants, contributing 12 goals in the process.

His career trajectory could have been quite different, however, had he decided to accept an offer from PSG following a successful medical

Looking back Onyekuru insists he has no regrets about the decision he made, as he reveals that his desire was to have playing time, based on the advise of his mother.

“I did a medical for Paris St-Germain on a Friday and we had to wait until Monday so they could make both signings [me and another player] official,” Onyekuru told BBC Sport.

“Then I spoke to my friends because I have some good friends, and I asked if it was a good idea to play in Paris and they gave me their opinions.

“I also spoke to my mother and she said she just wants me to play because I’m young and still need to improve, and from there the right club will come.

“So I decided to go with my mother’s advice so I just cut the deal off – just like that. I told my agent to call PSG that we are not going ahead with it.”

“The conversation with my mum helped my decision-making, so it was to a club with better plans for my development.

“We had Everton before PSG and we all knew getting a UK work permit was going to be difficult. But their relationship with Anderlecht helped a lot in finalising things.

“I was going to be an Everton player then play on loan at Anderlecht who were competing in the Uefa Champions League.

“I wanted to get the exposure and experience of playing in the Champions League hence the decision to join Everton via Anderlecht.”

PSG, Napoli, Bayern Munich, Marseille, Sevilla and Monaco have been linked with the €40m rated forward.

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