By Angu Lesley
Cameroonian forward Jean Pierre Nsame has stated categorically that offere from elsewhere will not have any bearings in his position next season.
The striker who endured a dissapointing second half of the 2021-2022 season on loan at relegated Italian Serie A side Venezia says he wants to return to Bern and fight for his place despite the huge competition for the attacking places and lack of match fitness.
Quizzed on his interest on offers from elsewhere in a recent interview, the former SCO Angers man didn’t mince words.
‘No! I am 100% focused on YB. I extended my contract until 2024 before I went on loan to Venice. My head will be completely in Bern.’
The 29-year old made 11 appearances in six five months in Venice, culmunating in the relegation of the club after just one season in the top-flight something he sounded unsatisfied.
‘I’m thinking of nothing but getting more playing time here than in Venice. I played there again and again, but all in all only a few minutes,’ Nsame continued.
The all-time top scorer in Young Boys’ illustrous history was certainly missed last season as his side missed out in the title race despite the presence of Jordan Siebatcheu, Wilfred Kanga and other forwards.
These days the striker is working on achieving full fitness after which will fit in to the Young Boys system.
“I’m in Nice right now, recovering for a few days after intensive training with my personal trainer. Then I fly to Bern. But I was in Bern before that to arrange everything.”
“I believe that anyone can play with anyone, even if all five have a similar profile. But who knows? after their good performances, Jordy or Willy might get an offer abroad like me and want to take on a new challenge,” Nsame continued.
It is not as if the striker lacks options as per his words Venezia tried and failed.
‘Venice had an option on me because my loan deal was about to expire. But I signaled to the club after relegation that I wouldn’t stay’.
Nsame scored 98 goals and provided 28 assists in 173 games he played during his first spell.
During his four seasons at the club, he was the club lead scorer in three seasons plus won the golden boot in the 2020 Swiss Cup.
He also inspired Young Boys to winning four consecutive titles betweeen 2017-2021 and the Swiss Cup in 2020.
Nsame’s return adds more to the attacking options available for coach Raphaël Wicky who retured to Swiss Football earlier this month.
Nsame is expected to join the rest of Young Boys’ squad in pre-season training in the days ahead.
Nsame’s return to his best could give him a chance to add to his one and only cap for Cameroon earned in September 2017 during a 1-1 draw against Nigeria in a 2018 FIFA World cup qualifiers game played at the Amadou Ahidjo stadium.
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