- Nwankwo Kanu wants his nephew Kelechi Nwakali to play at Arsenal
- The-20-year-old midfielder is currently on loan with FC Porto
- Nwakali joined Arsenal in 2016 but has had two loan spells at MVV Maastricht
Nigeria and Arsenal legend Nwankwo Kanu is upbeat that the Emirates dwellers have a top quality in Nigeria’s midfielder Kelechi Nwakali, who is currently on loan at Portuguese side, FC Porto.
According to a UK Daily Star report citing sources at Goal, Papilo as he was fondly called during his active days, revealed that Nwakali, who also doubles as his nephew is a gem with the ball and ought to be at the Premier League side.
“Very, very good player,” Kanu told Goal.com
“I hope you have seen him play, then you will know that he is good.
“He played for Nigeria before the World Cup, a friendly game against Atletico Madrid.
“He scored a fantastic goal, so he keeps playing and keeps progressing and keeps growing.
“I keep advising him. I hope one day they will open the door for him to come back to play for Arsenal,” Kanu added.
Interestingly, Nwakali joined the Emirates side in 2016 from the Diamond Football Academy after signing a five-year contract. But the cadet World Cup winner is yet to make his senior debut for the side.
At the last count, Nwakali was on loan at Dutch club MVV Maastricht, during the 2016-17 campaign where he netted three times in 34 matches.
Initially, Nwakali was at another Eredivise side VVV-Venlo on loan at the commencement of last season but moved back to Maastricht after 11 games for the Dutch club.
Nwakali captained Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets to a glorious outing at the 2015 FIFA Under-17 World Cup where he also claimed the Golden Ball award.
Hopefully, Nwakali will make his official senior appearance for Nigeria this weekend, when the Super Eagles tackle Seychelles in an away game on September 8, in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported that Portuguese League champions FC Porto have completed the signing of Super Eagles star Kelechi Nwakali on a season long loan deal.
The 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup winner joined Arsenal in 2016, but has spent the last two seasons on loan at MVV Maastricht and VVV-Venlo.
He scored once in nine appearances for Venlo in his last spell in the Netherlands topflight.
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