The midfielder recently captained Nigeria at the U-17 World Cup as the Super Eaglets won the competition, and also cemented his place as one of the outstanding individuals of his age group by winning the competition’s Golden Ball for the best player of the tournament.
The midfielder’s showings during the competition in Chile has led to interest from a series of Premier League giants, with MTN Football reporting that Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal were all keen on the starlet.
It had appeared as though City were favourites for his signature, with the Manchester Evening News reporting earlier in the month that the player—who is modelling himself on Yaya Toure—was keen on a move to the Etihad Stadium, where his brother Chidiebere plays.
However, as reported by MTN, the Eagles’ skipper appears to have changed his mind, and has stated in an interview that he would love the chance to join Arsenal.
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“I [would love] to play for Arsenal,” the youngster began. “They are [the Premier League club I would like to play for], because they play the best football in the world.”
Kelechi’s older brother Chidiebere has insisted that his sibling will have the final say over his future. “It is a personal decision,” he began, as reported by MTN, “and so he will be the one to take it as this could well define his career.”