Super new Eagles defender Bright Osayi-Samuel says he entertained the idea of playing for the Turkish national team before being invited to the Eagles, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.
Born in Okija 24 years ago to Nigerian parents, Osayi-Samuel immigrated to England when he was just 10 years old.
The defender has become one of the best defenders in the Turkish league.
The right-back made his full debut for the Super Eagles in a 4-0 defeat of Portugal in a recent friendly.
The Fenerbahce defender was Nigeria’s best player on the night in Lisbon, even though striker Emmanuel Dennis missed a penalty winner.
And in an interview with the Independent (according to Fotospor), Osayi-Samuel revealed that he was desperate to play international football and was looking at playing in England or Turkey, if not called Nigeria.
“I have never played in England’s junior categories. I haven’t even played in Nigeria. I also thought of playing with Turkey,” he said.
Osayi-Samuel signed his first professional contract with Blackpool in 2015 after impressing in the club’s academy.
But he previously revealed that the Nigeria international had a chance to end up at Manchester United.
The youngster’s brilliance in lower level competitions attracted the attention of United scout John McNab who wanted to take him to Manchester.
But Osayi-Samuel’s parents were able to convince him that signing for Blackpool was a better career option and he turned down United.
“He (McNab) wanted to take me to United, but I also spoke to a manager at Blackpool,” said Osayi-Samuel.
“I spoke to my parents and they said I have a much better chance of success at Blackpool.”