Thursday Jun 14, 2018. 12:30
Nigerian striker Umar Sadiq says he wants to remain with Italian giants Roma next season after impressing on loan in the Eredivisie.
The 21-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Dutch club NAC Breda and racked up five goals and three assists in just 12 Eredivisie appearances.
His form caught the eye of Scottish giants Rangers, with new manager Steven Gerrard reportedly keen on signing the former Nigerian U-21 international.
However, Sadiq has explained that although he is flattered by the interest from the Glasgow club, his ambition is to remain in Serie A with Roma and establish himself under manager Eusebio Di Francesco.
“I know many players of my age would not reject the offer to work with Steven Gerrard,” Sadiq told Owngoalnigeria.
“Rangers are a club with a great tradition but at the moment I am happy in Rome.
“I hope to be part of the senior team next season and for now that’s my decision. Who knows, maybe one day I will work with Gerrard.”
Sadiq was not a part of Nigeria’s World Cup squad but will hope that a solid career in Italy sees him play for the Super Eagles in the future.
The Kaduna-born player has also represented Abuja FC, Spezia, Lavagnese, Bologna and Torino in his club career.