UD Almeria midfielder Ramon Azeez opens up on his aspiration to play for the Super Eagles again after being part of the team's 2014 World Cup squad. The former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles star who is one of the lucky Nigerian players to play at all age levels and senior side at the World Cup reveals he is not thinking about leaving his relegated Spanish side. He spoke to Completesportsnigeria.com's IZUCHUKWU OKOSI.
It's been a very dramatic season for you at UD Almeria this past season. You played 14 games for your club and you guys were still relegated. The season was surely a difficult one for you, right?
Yes, but first, I want to give thanks to Almighty Allah. Its not been an easy season for me but I'll give thanks to God. What has happened has happened. I just have to keep going, working harder on my game.
You played under different managers at Almeria but the last one, Sergi Barjuan, seemed to have trust in you. Would you say his arrival came too late to save Almeria?
I think every coach that was at Almeria was capable of saving Almeria from relegation, but nobody can change what has happened. We just have to keep working hard and could be back in the top flight next year (2016).
You almost left the club the previous season. You had a fantastic season, playing about 30 games and making Nigeria squad for the 2014 World Cup. Now that your club has been relegated, are you thinking of leaving the club?
For now, I'm still a UD Almeria player. I still have a contract with them.
You were not invited for the Super Eagles' 2017 AFCON qualifier against Chad on the 13th of this month in Kaduna. How did you feel not being part of the game and do you think competition for jerseys will be harder in the Eagles now?
I hope to get a recall to the national team soon. I will keep working hard at my game and hope to impress coach Stephen Keshi again. Playing at last year's World Cup was great. So yes, I look forward to getting back to the national team.
What is your plans for the 2015/16 season? Do you think Almeria will make it back to the La Liga or would you leave the club, now in the Segunda?
For now, I'm still a player of Almeria like I said before. All I want to do is to keep working on improving my game.
What was your impression about the Flying Eagles performance at the World Cup?
I wished them luck and a fantastic tournament because the team had talented players, but unfortunately they crashed out.
Finally, what's your message to your fans, both in Nigeria and in Spain?
They should keep backing me up with prayers and God will keep blessing them
Thank you Ramon for speaking with Complete Sports
You're always welcome