Saturday Apr 11, 2020. 11:00
Former Nigeria international Odion Ighalo has revealed that he has been mentoring his compatriot Victor Osimhen.
The 21-year-old striker has impressed at his French club Lille OSC where he has scored 18 goals in 38 competitive appearances this season.
Ighalo, who is on loan at English giants Manchester United from Chinese side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua, discussed Osimhen.
“I talk to Osimhen, he’s a very nice boy. He’s a good guy. We talk, not almost every day, but almost every time I advise him,” Ighalo told Elegnete TV.
“He’s the future of Nigerian football. He’s the future, he’s going to do so well in football. I always advise him to keep calm, keep working hard and the guy is going to be a celebrity, you know.
“He came to watch our game against Club Brugge in Belgium because it’s closer to where he lives, he messaged me he was going to come so I gave him my jersey, and in fact he brought his own jersey for me, too.
“Osimhen is a nice boy, we’re from the same place. I love him, he’s down to earth, he’s hard-working, he has a future and he has the mentality of a winner, that’s what I love about him. He has that lion’s heart,” he added.
“I love him, I just want him to keep working hard the way he’s doing, he’s going to break so many records in Europe and Nigeria.”
Ighalo has also caught the eye at United having netted four goals in eight competitive matches.