Henry Onyekuru confirms rejecting PSG move to join Everton despite undergoing medicals

Henry Onyekuru confirms rejecting PSG move to join Everton despite undergoing medicals

- Henry Onyekuru has revealed he rejected a move to join French League giants PSG in 2017

- The 21-year-old joined Premier League side Everton the same year in a five year deal from KAS Eupen

- Onyekuru also confirmed that he already completed medicals with the Ligue 1 side before rejecting the move to France

Super Eagles winger Henry Onyekuru was close to joining Paris Saint Germain but opted to join Everton instead in June 2017.

The Nigeria international joined the Toffees in a five year deal worth £7 million from Belgian side KAS Eupen.

He was however sent on loan to Anderlecht after sealing his dream move to the Premier League outfit two years back.

According to BBC, Onyekuru admitted he already completed medicals at the French club, waiting to sign the papers before changing his mind about representing the club.

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"I did a medical for Paris St-Germain on a Friday and we had to wait until Monday so they could make both signings [me and another player] official," Onyekuru told BBC Sport.

"Then I spoke to my friends because I have some good friends, and I asked if it was a good idea to play in Paris and they gave me their opinions.

"I also spoke to my mother and she said she just wants me to play because I'm young and still need to improve, and from there the right club will come.

"So I decided to go with my mother's advice so I just cut the deal off - just like that. I told my agent to call PSG that we are not going ahead with it."

Onyekuru added that: "The conversation with my mum helped my decision-making, so it was to a club with better plans for my development.

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"We had Everton before PSG and we all knew getting a UK work permit was going to be difficult. But their relationship with Anderlecht helped a lot in finalising things.

"I was going to be an Everton player then play on loan at Anderlecht who were competing in the Uefa Champions League.

"I wanted to get the exposure and experience of playing in the Champions League hence the decision to join Everton via Anderlecht."

Onyekuru scored nine goals in 19 appearances for Anderlecht, while his goal tally at Galatasaray stands at eleven goals in 23 matches so far this campaign.

"I've been longing and waiting because playing in the Premier League has been a childhood dream even before I left for Qatar," he said.

"I always watch Thierry Henry at Arsenal and learn more from him. I want to be just like him in the same league.

"At the moment I still watch some of his games on YouTube to learn how to move and score like him.

"I still don't have my work permit, but that's why I chose to go out on loan to get the exposure to move me closer to realising that dream."

Onyekuru has scored twice in seven appearances since he made his national team debut in 2017 and could be among the team to represent Nigeria at 2019 AFCON tourney in Egypt.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze has been crowned the best young player at the second edition of the Aiteo-NFF awards.

The 19-year-old beat Super Eagles teammates Victor Osimhen and Henry Onyekuru to the prestigious prize.

Chukwueze has been impressive for his Spanish League side scoring six goals and registering one assist across all competitions this season.

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