Club Brugge’s newly acquired Nigerian midfielder, Raphael Onyedika, has opened up on his admiration for Juventus and France midfielder Paul Pogba, maintaining that he looked up to the former Manchester United star.
Despite being linked with a host of clubs in Europe, the Belgian top division side confirmed the signing of Onyedika from Danish club FC Midtjylland.
The reigning champions of Belgian First Division A beat other suitors, including Serie A champions, AC Milan, to the signing of the youngster.
Onyedika enjoyed a great season at Midtllyand last term and was instrumental to the club’s success, a performance which earned him the Danish topflight’s Young Player of The Year award.
The Nigerian came in as a second-half substitute against Cercle Brugge over the weekend and already left a promising impression.
Speaking on his debut for his new club, Onyedika said Pogba was one footballer admired, adding that he hoped to become one of the world’s best in his position, just like the Fenchman.
“I like to win duels and am also good with the ball at the foot,” the Imo State-born midfielder said, as per Voetbal Nieuws.
“Personally, I look up to Paul Pogba. A lot of people say we look alike, but I just want to be the best.”
On his decision to snub AC Milan for a move to Brugge, the FC Ebedei Academy product maintained that he signed for the Belgian champions because the club’s ambition matched his.
“I chose Club Brugge because they are the best team in Belgium and because they want to win everything,” Onyedika said.
“I also want to win everything, so that’s a good combination. I have also heard that Club Brugge has the best supporters in Belgium.”
Onyedika has been named by manager Carl in his squad to face Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League group stage opener on Wednesday (today).