Etebo uncertain about immediate future

Etebo uncertain about immediate future
Peter Etebo

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 08, 2021. 15:00

Nigerian midfielder Oghenekaro Peter Etebo has admitted that he is unsure exactly where he will be playing his club football in the 2021-22 season.

The 25-year-old spent last season on loan at Turkish giants Galatasaray, making 29 appearances across all competitions for the Istanbul club.

With that loan deal expired, Etebo is set to begin pre-season with parent club Stoke City but says that he is unsure whether he will remain at the bet365 Stadium, go out on loan again or be sold with two years of his contract remaining.

The Nigerian international signed for the Potters the Potters in June 2018 for a £6.35m fee. He made 34 appearances in the second-tier during his first season under Gary Rowett and Nathan Jones, but was rarely utilised by current manager Michael O’Neill when the latter arrived at Stoke in November 2019, and was sent out on loan to Getafe two months later.

The Spanish side had an option to purchase Etebo at the end of that loan in 2020, but didn’t pursue this permanent deal, leading to another loan spell at Galatasaray in 2020-21.

“It was a good experience for me playing for one of the biggest teams in Turkey last season,” said Etebo, as quoted by Nigerian outlet The Punch.

“For now, I have to return to Stoke City for pre-season because I have a contract with them and we see how it goes.

“I can’t decide that now because I still have to speak with the coach before making a decision on my future.

“I don’t know if I will be back at Galatasaray for next season or join a new team. The window is still open and anything can still happen.”

Etebo has also played for Warri Wolves, CD Feirense and Las Palmas in his club career, while at international level he has accumulated over 30 caps for Nigeria and was part of the Super Eagles’ squads at the 2018 World Cup and 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

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