Porto have announced the signing of promising Nigerian midfielder Kelechi Nwakali from Arsenal on a season-long loan, the official website of the Portuguese Primeira Liga side reported on Wednesday evening.


Porto had been on the trail of Nwakali for the past seven months and attempted to sign him in the January transfer window without success but their persistence has paid off.


In his first words as a Porto player, Kelechi Nwakali said : ”My main goal is to develop and evolve as a player, 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. There are good players, young people, and I think I’ll grow up here. I hope everything good from FC Porto. ”


The former Golden Eaglets and Flying Eagles captain has cited former Porto star Deco as one of his role models .


“I know FC Porto very well, because one of my idols in football played here: Deco.

”I loved to watch him play and I really enjoyed one day being able to meet him and tell him the importance he had in my desire to be a football player,” he added.


Nwakali previously spent time on loan at MVV Maastricht and VVV Venlo in the Netherlands.


Ifeanyi Emmanuel


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