Kelechi Nwakali Joins FC Porto on Loan from Arsenal

Super Eagles midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali, has officially joined Portuguese side, FC Porto B on a season loan deal which the Portuguese could make permanent in 12 months’ time.

Nwakali, who dazzled in Nigeria’s 2-3 loss to Atletico Madrid in May, told FC Porto: “My main goal is to develop and evolve as a player, to improve my qualities and the other aspects that I know I need to correct to grow in the way I play.

“I think FC Porto is the right place to evolve as a player.”

The former U17 skipper also hopes to meet FC Porto legend Deco to recount how impactful he was to his career.

“I know Porto very well, because one of my idols in football played here: Deco. He was a player that I loved to watch and I hope one day being able to meet him and tell him the importance he had in my desire to be a football player.”

The 19 year-old midfielder had been sent out on loan to Dutch second tier team, MVV Maastricht and VVV Venlo in the topflight division from Arsenal.

The former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles captain is under contract until June 2021 with the English Premier League club, Arsenal.

He recently voiced optimism of holding a regular shirt in the Eagles with the commencement of qualifiers for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

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