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Aiyegbeni: I won’t Be Distracted Over Age Issue

Aiyegbeni: I won’t Be Distracted Over Age Issue

Former Super Eagles striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni has said he won’t allow doubts surrounding his age to affect his form after signing for Reading.

The former Middlesbrough player who made a return to England during the last transfer window has brushed off renewed questions about his age after arriving at the Madejski Stadium on a free transfer.

Derby County coach Steve McClaren commennted on Aiyegbi’s true age at the weekend but the Nigerian says his focused is to play ball and not to have age issues with anyone.

The Nigerian – officially 32 years old – scored on debut in a 2-1 FA Cup victory over Derby County on Saturday, netting an 82nd-minute winner.

Yakubu, though, has been plagued by doubts surrounding his age throughout his career, but insists he will not allow the issue to affect his form.

“You can see the way I play, so I am not talking about my age,” he said. “It is normal. People can choose if they don’t believe it, so it’s up to them.

“But for me, I am just enjoying my football.

“The hunger is always there. When you play in England you always have the desire to play. You cannot hide here.”

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