Former Nigerian international Ikechukwu Uche
Thursday Jan 03, 2019. 10:15
Former Nigerian international Ikechukwu Uche has urged Samuel Chukwueze to continue his development at Villarreal and treat growing transfer speculation as a compliment.
The 19-year-old winger has enjoyed a breakthrough season with the ‘Yellow Submarine’, scoring in La Liga, UEFA Europa League and Spanish Cup.
Uche, who is a former Villarreal player who enjoyed great success at Estadio de la Ceramica from 2011 to 2015, says Chukwueze should ignore the transfer gossip and focus on his game with the Spanish club.
"Chukwueze is doing well at Villarreal so it's only normal to have growing speculation about his future in the media, but he is in a good place," Uche told BBC Sport.
"He should treat all this attention as a compliment and continue to grow because his impressive rise from the reserves to the first team is still fresh.
"Villarreal is a good club, he is being taken care of and he's surrounded by quality players that will help him grow.
"The people there are dedicated to protecting and improving him, so there is no pressure on him."
Uche added, “I've been following his progress and I know some of the people there, so let's just say he has the potential to become a successful player at the club," Uche added.
"I haven't had a chance to speak to him but personally I want him to stay.
"I'm sure he will do what is right for his career, I'm just happy to see another African and Nigerian making a positive impact at Villarreal."