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Agent: My Rejected Austria Deal For Chukwueze Better Than Arsenal’s

Agent: My Rejected Austria Deal For Chukwueze Better Than Arsenal’s

By Izuchukwu Okosi:

Nigeria player manager Ifeanyi Igwenjoku who owns the Great 11 Soccer Agency in partnership with Rocksports Agency based in Luxembourg has warned Golden Eaglets forward Samuel Chukwueze that his career could be derailed Arsenal if he eventually signs for the English Premier League side.


The Nigerian Agent was the intermediary in a deal to take Chukwueze to Austria's SV Salzburg before the player's minders pulled out of the agreement when Arsenal showed interest in the Diamond Academy of Umuahia product along with Kelechi Nwakali.

Chukwueze, Completesportsnigeria.com learnt will travel to London Monday night to hold talks with the FA Cup champions who welcomed his fellow 2015 U-17 World Cup winner and Most Valueable Player of the U-17 World Cup in Chile, Kelechi Nwakali few weeks ago.

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"I wish Chukwueze the best, he is a Nigerian but the big question is: 'would he develop faster at Arsenal than at SV Salzburg.'

"There was an agreement to take him to Austria. The family were very excited but surprisingly my European partners who worked so hard at ensuring he went to SV Salzburg told me that they had been informed of Arsenal's interest in the boy and that he wasn't going to Salzburg anymore.

"Nigerian players must realise that there is more to money and big name clubs. 

"As much as Arsenal is a big European club, he may not play as many games as can there. Surely, he would have had more playing time at Salzburg. His development is equally important," Igwenjoku told Completesportsnigeria.com ruefully.  

Chukwueze scored three goals and had three assists at the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

The duo of Kelechi Nwakali, 17, and Samuel Chukwueze, 16, are expected to sign for Arsenal but will not play for the Gunners until they turn 18 years-old. 

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