Etebo's Revelation


PETER ETEBO has revealed that he turned down Premier League interest this summer before opting to fulfil his dream of playing in English football with Stoke City.

The highly-rated attacking midfielder became Gary Rowett’s first capture of the summer last month after the Potters fought off stern competition from a plethora of clubs all courting the 22-year-old’s signature.

Etebo caught the eye of many with a string of outstanding performances for his country in Russia, with his superb showing against South American giants Argentina earning him the man-of-the-match award.

Speaking exclusively to Stoke City+, he revealed that a decision on his future would have been made after the World Cup Finals had he not been so impressed by the vision and ambition of the Stoke City hierarchy.

“I feel great, I am finally here and I really appreciate the support and the welcome that everybody has given to me,” the Nigerian star stated.

“Everybody needs a break after a tournament like the World Cup, but my mind has been here, I knew that I was coming to Stoke City and I was excited about it.

“I spoke to a lot of friends about the move and the tradition of this Club appealed to me - everybody knows that this is a big Club, even though we suffered relegation last season.

“It is important for us to do well this season, to make sure that everything goes well in the future, but I know how difficult a challenge this will be.

“I had a lot of options this summer from the Premier League, but I signed this deal before I went to the World Cup, and I am happy with that."

“I did that because of the relationship and the conversations I had. I was happy with what was said - if I wasn’t then I wouldn’t have come to Stoke City.”

He added: “I believe that we are going to make this a great season. I am going to give my best and hopefully that will be enough for the Club.”