Victor Osimhen has revealed his ambition to ‘play for a big club in England’ in the future, naming former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba as his footballing idol.
The Nigerian international is reportedly attracting interest from the Premier League following an impressive breakthrough at Lille, the 21-year-old having scored 18 goals in all competitions so far this season including against Chelsea in this season’s Champions League.
Manchester United are amongst the English sides believed the be monitoring the young forward, and Osimhen has revealed he has spoken to international teammate and current United forward, Odion Ighalo, about the prospect of moving to the Premier League.
“Of course, one day I’d like to play for a big club in England,” Osimhen told the Independent. “I’ve spoken to Odion [Ighalo] about it. He gave me very good advice, he’s a legend and a big brother.
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“My goal is to play at one of the biggest clubs in the world but now I’m very happy in Lille. My priority is to play a lot of games. Signing for a big club and being on the bench is not exciting for me.”
Osimhen says his rapid rise has represented a ‘dream come true’ after his goalscoring exploits this season, admitting scoring against Chelsea was a surreal moment having grown up idolising former Blues’ hero Drogba.
“To play [and score] against the likes of Chelsea in the Champions League is a dream come true,” he admitted. “We used to watch Didier Drogba all the time [back home], he is my idol. When I was at Stamford Bridge, I called all my friends on FaceTime and just said ‘Wow, look, I’m here’.
“Without football I don’t know where I’d be. It’s my life. I’m on this Earth to play football. I still have a lot of ambitions and objectives to achieve and I’m not there yet. But when I think of how far I’ve come, I’m really proud of myself.”