Kelechi Nwakali, has confirmed that he’s fulfiled a childhood dream by penning a five-year deal at Arsenal.
The teenager, who captained the victorious Nigeria side at the under-17 World Cup in Chile last year, is believed to have completed a move to the Emirates along with 16-year-old compatriot Samuel Chukwueze.
“I just came back from London, I have signed a five-year contract with Arsenal, ” Nwakali told allnigeriasoccer.com on Wednesday morning.
“So many teams were interested in me but it has been my dream at a tender age to play for Arsenal.”
It’s understood the Gunners beat the likes of Manchester City, West Ham, Chelsea, Sporting Lisbon and Udinese to Nwakali’s signing.
Arsene Wenger revealed in January that negotiations for Nwakali and Chukwueze, who are both associated with the All Star Junior Academy, had progressed well although no confirmation of the deals has been relayed through official channels.
A photo, posted on Instagram by Nigerian football expert Colin Udoh in the aftermath of Wenger’s comments, showed Nwakali meeting Wenger and Ivan Gazidis in the company of ‘Invincible’ Kanu.