Nigerian forward Kayode Olarenwaju says he decided to leave Spanish side Girona and join Ukrainian giants Shakhtar Donetsk, because he feared his footballing career had stalled.
Speaking after being unveiled by his new team, the 25 year old striker said he had hoped to make a breakthrough in Spain with his clubside Giriona, but fate had a different plan.
“I played a little in Spain, I was having a difficult time in my career. I sought for advice from my family and agent, my wife supported my decision to join Shakhtar. I think this is a good choice,” he said.
The “miners” are currently enjoying a good spell in the UEFA champions league, having taken a 2-1 lead against AS Roma in the first leg second round.
A win would push Sharktar to the quarter-finals.
The Ukrainian side have one a Europa cup title, beating Werder Bremen 2-1 in 2009.
Kayode said the rich pedigree both at home and abroad was an attraction.
“From year to year, I heard more about Shakhtar and watched them. The miners constantly play in the Champions League, I like the style of football they show. This is one of the top clubs. Today in Europe anyone knows Shakhtar, so I’m glad to be part of the team.”
The miners currently have a strike-trident of quality forwards – Ferreira, Blanco Leschuk and Fomin.
Many have wondered how the Nigerian forward can break into the first team, but he seems unperturbed.
“They are great footballers. I am also a striker, and we will all try to benefit the “miners”. Joining this team is great for me! I will make the best effort to do my job well.”