Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze says his main target is to be crowned Africa’s best footballer in the near future.
The 20-year-old Nigerian winger has impressed since breaking into Villarreal’s first team in 2018, and is now one of the most in-demand youngsters in La Liga.
Rashidi Yekini, Emmanuel Amuneke, Victor Ikpeba and Nwankwo Kanu are the Nigeria stars with the distinction of being named the CAF African Player of the Year.
“I want to be Africa’s best in the next two years,” Chukwueze said while on an Instagram Live chat.
“That’s the target I have set for myself now, stay consistent and help my team win games to finish as high as they can in the league standings.”
Chukwueze, who missed out on the 2019 CAF Youth Player of the Year award to Morocco and Borussia Dortmund full-back Achraf Hakimi, added that he has an affection for Chelsea.
“My favourite team in England is Chelsea,” Chukwueze continued.
“I was supporting Chelsea when I was young. When Chelsea lost that Champions League final against Manchester United, I was crying all through the night.”
Chukwueze hinted that former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben is his hero, saying he’s inspired by the tricky Dutchman.
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“Robben is a perfect player. I watch so many YouTube clips of him, and there are so many things I can learn from watching him. “On the way to games, even now, I still stick on clips of Robben and watch his goals, his dribblings. He’s my inspiration, one of the greatest.
“I like to be me, and of course you have to be yourself, but you need to learn from people like him. What a player!”