By Muambo Edward 

Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon


23-year-old Super Eagles of Nigeria international wing-back Ola Aina has explained how former Chelsea coach Maurizio Sarri pushed him out of his boyhood club.

Aina joint Chelsea’s Academy in 2007, at the age of 11. He came through the ranks of the club and made his first team debut in 2015 aged 19.

Though he failed to nail a permanent place in the first team and was loaned out to Hull City in the English second tier, the native of Southwark, London still nursed hopes of becoming a regular in the west London outfit’s first team.

The arrival of Italian coach Maurizio Sarri in 2018 ended his dreams.

“Sarri told me I would have to go on loan, I would not have played,” Aina told Baiteze Squad on a livestream Instagram interview, about his discussion with the Italian when he arrived Stamford Bridge.

“During the transfer window, I received offers from Championship clubs, but I wanted to play in the Premier League.

“When Torino came for me, I accepted immediately because I would have had the opportunity to play in the Serie A, in important Stadiums and against top-level teams and players and above all in a team that wanted to go to the Europa League.”

Aina joint Torino initially on loan and made the move permanent in 2019 for €10million.

He has played in 25 competitive games and provided two assists for the smaller of the Turin based Serie A clubs this season.

The former England youth international has also won 17 caps for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.


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