‘I have no regrets joining Stoke City,’ says Oghenekaro Etebo

The Nigeria international teamed up with the English second tier barely a week before the World Cup which left his admirers surprised

Oghenekaro Etebo has stated that he has no regret joining English Championship side Stoke City.

On the back of his impressive showing during his loan spell with Spanish side Las Palmas and barely a week before the World Cup in Russia, the midfielder signed a five-year deal with the Potters from Portuguese outfit Feirense.

The move came as a surprise to his admirers who thought he could have waited till after the global tournament before sealing the deal.

However, the 23-year-old who admitted of receiving offers from clubs in France, Germany and Spain is pleased with his decision.

"Many people close to me and some of my friends expressed their disappointment, but I have no regrets joining Stoke City," Etebo told BBC Sport.

"They all felt I could've waited until after the World Cup before making a decision. The fact that I received interesting offers from France, Germany and even Spain got them more upset.

"I love the Stoke City project and I also gave them my word. I always stick to my word. I don't regret it.

"People back home always say the Premier League is hard but the Championship is a tough and demanding league to play in.

"You could play almost 65 matches in a season, if you include the Cup and play-off games as well. How is that any easier when you still go out to play international football for your country, too?

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"You need to be physically and mentally strong to play in this league. I've played in Portugal and Spain, yet here you face a tough job but one I am really enjoying with Stoke."

Since his switch to England, Etebo has made 15 appearances across all competitions for the Bet365 Stadium outfit.

Stoke City travel to Madejski Stadium to take on Reading on Saturday and the midfielder will be expected to play a part in the encounter.

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