Onyekuru: I Was Forced To Join Monaco

April 11, 2020
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Nigeria winger Henry Onyekuru has revealed he was not keen on a move to French Ligue 1 club, AS Monaco last summer.

Onyekuru joined Monaco on a permanent deal from Everton after impressing during his loan stint at Turkish club Galatasaray.

The 22-year-old struggled for regular playing time and made only four appearances for Monaco before rejoining Galatasaray on loan in January.

“I didn’t get a work permit in Everton and my head wasn’t there either. I had no plans to go to Monaco; this was not a planned move,”Onyekuru told SporxEksta.

“I was about to return to Galatasaray after the African Cup, but the Everton sporting director called me and said he had found a new club for me.

“They (Everton) were having talks in Turkey; they told me that it was impossible for me to go there on loan twice.

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“I knew they wanted me to go to Monaco. There was no other choice but to go. I didn’t want to force it, cause a crisis.

“I could return to Everton and practice alone and I didn’t want that. It was not my decision to go to Monaco; I wanted to return to Galatasaray.”

The former Anderlecht player also opened up on life under Leonardo Jardim.

“Things did not go as planned in Monaco. I had problems with Jardim,”he added.

“He told me that after my second match, he switched to a system with two strikers and no winger. My normal position, the left wing, was no longer needed. He asked me to keep calm and work.”

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