EXCLUSIVE: Nigeria's Rabiu Ibrahim Rejects Sporting CP's Pro Deal

Could the promising Nigerian star be on his way out of the Portuguese club?

Nigeria youth international midfielder, Rabiu Ibrahim, has twice turned down an offer for a professional contract by Portuguese club Sporting CP, his agent has revealed to Goal.com.

Ibrahim turned 18 in March and was then expected to sign a professional contract with Sporting, but his agent, Bertram Ekenwa, has informed that the player twice had to turn down the contract the Portuguese club tabled before him.

"After they put forward the first contract, we asked for a review. We were also not happy with the reviewed deal and so rejected it. Above every other consideration, we want his sporting needs fully catered for," Ekenwa told Goal.com.

"I want only the best for my player. He deserves all he gets. He has a great future ahead of him, a fact which the club also agree with.

"Sporting have to fulfill all the conditions stipulated in the first contract with the player so that they could be in a position to negotiate for the new contract."

The exciting playmaker signed a schoolboy agreement with Sporting Lisbon months before he inspired Nigeria to the 2007 FIFA Under-17 World Cup triumph in Korea.

His current contract will run out June of next year.

Ibrahim, who is with Nigeria at the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Egypt, has already caught the eye of several top European clubs after some assured performances against Spain and Tahiti.

Samm Audu, Goal.com