Why I rejected Arsenal for Wolfsburg – Osimhen

The former African Youth Player of the Year believes that the Bundesliga side will opportunity to develop his talents in a first-team environment rapidly

Victor Osimhen says he rejected Arsenal in order to sign for Wolfsburg as he feels he will have more playing opportunities with the Bundesliga side.

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The 18-year-old has joined Wolfsburg on a three-and-a-half-year deal from Nigerian side Ultimate Strikers Academy in a deal reportedly worth €3.5 million.

Osimhen, who was named CAF’s Youth Player of the Year in 2015, was targeted by Arsenal and had also been linked with moves to Serie A sides Inter and Fiorentina.

But the forward feels a first-team breakthrough is more likely at Wolfsburg than it would have been at the Emirates Stadium.

“There were many clubs that were interested in me,” Osimhen told Bild.

“But my choice was Wolfsburg because I think that my development opportunities are highest here. 

“If I had gone to Arsenal, for example, I might not have found the route to the first team so quickly. 

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“I love football and I have worked hard to get where I am now.”

Osimhen scored 10 goals to help Nigeria to the Under-17 World Cup title in October 2015.

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