Super Eagles midfielder, Kelechi Nwakali has made a permanent move away from Arsenal to join Spanish side SD Huesca in an undisclosed fee. The central midfielder put an end to his three-year association with Arsenal in the process to start a new challenge with Spanish Segunda Division side in a permanent deal.
Arsenal confirmed Nwakali’s departure by releasing an official statement on the website: “Kelechi Nwakali has joined Spanish Segunda Division side, SD Huesca in a permanent deal,” the club stated.
“The Nigeria international joined us in 2016 after captaining his country at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup, where he won the Golden Ball as the tournament’s best player.
“Kelechi spent the first half of the 2017/18 season on loan at VVV Venlo in the Eredivisie, before joining MW Maastricht. During these two loan spells he made 30 appearances. Last season, he spent time on loan with Porto in the Portuguese Premiera Liga.
“We would like to wish Kelechi all the best for the future. The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.”
Arsenal signed Nwakali from Diamond Academy in 2016, and was unable to make his competitive debut for the Gunners because he was not granted a work permit by the English authorities. The 21-year-old was loaned out to MVV Maastrich, VVV Venlo, and again to MVV Maastrich before spending last season at Porto B.
Nwakali was courted by several clubs not limited to Arsenal, Ajax Amsterdam, Olympiakos, Fenerbahce, Udinese and Sporting Clube de Portugal after winning the Golden Ball award at the 2015 FIFA U17 World Cup. He is the third Nigerian player to depart Arsenal in the summer transfer window after Alex Iwobi and Xavier Amaechi.
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