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Former U-17 World Cup-winning captain, Kelechi Nwakali has declared that he is fit and mentally ready to fight for a place in the FC Porto main team following his move to the Portuguese club, AOIFootball.com reports.

The Arsenal of England youngster, who disclosed this much to AOIFootball.com in an exclusive interview, further added that the club will offer an opportunity to develop his career.

“If Porto thought I had nothing to add, they wouldn’t have brought me to come to Portugal. So, I hope to get the chance and I believe I can do it; all I need is the chance. Coach Amuneke once taught me that every chance you get, you should learn. So, that is it for me here at FC Porto. I came here to add to my knowledge.

“It is a good move for me. It’s the kind of improvement for me to keep developing and that will be until I get my work permit and have a chance to play in England. I’m a young footballer still growing and I hope to learn from players at the club,” Nwakali said.

When asked of his readiness to play for the Super Eagles in the future, the Arsenal loanee said playing for the Super Eagles had always been his dream.

“It is a matter of time and chance. Playing in the Eagles’ team is my dream, so I believe I am ready. But I can’t force the coach to pick me. I can only work hard to make the team and leave the rest for the coaches to decide,” Nwakali concluded.

The 20-year old attacking midfielder has already joined up with the rest of the team for their preseason training, meeting fellow compatriot, Mikel Agu whilst Chidozie Awaziem is still expected back from his extended World Cup holiday.

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