By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
Queens Park Rangers’ winger Bright Osayi-Samuel says his parents convinced him to turn down a move to Premier League giants Manchester United as a youngster.
The 22-year-old native of Okija, Nigeria, has been in great form for QPR. He has scored six goals and provided eight assists this season, before the forced lockdown on football and sports in most parts of the world as a result of the global Coronavirus pandemic.
The winger drew interest from many elite clubs. Manchester United’s scout John McNab was one of many who were blown away by the then 16-year-old’s talent.
Osayi-Samuel recounts how the United agent, John McNab, tried all he could to bring him to Old Trafford. He rather moved to Blackpool’s Academy after getting advice from his parents.
“He [McNab] wanted to take me to United, but he also spoke to a coach at Blackpool,” the winger told The Independent.
“I talked to my mum and dad and they said there’d be a lot bigger chance of me making it at Blackpool. That’s what made the decision for me.
“I was so keen to play. I didn’t care where it was, I’d never been at a proper team before and I was willing to sacrifice everything. When the Chance game I grabbed it with both hands.”
Osayi-Samuel was born in Nigeria, before traveling to Spain then moved to England at the age of 10, with his family. His family settled at Woolwich, London.
He made his professional debut for Blackpool on March 7, 2015 in a 0-1 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.
He joint QPR on September 1, 2017 on a-three-year deal.
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