After several months of speculations, Nigerian U-17 star striker Victor Osimhen has signed for German Bundesliga club Vfl Wolfsburg.
According to the club’s director of sport, Klaus Allofs, an agreement has been struck between the Bundesliga side and Ultimate Strikers Academy, which owns the rights to the Nigerian forward.
The 17-year old, has been linked to the likes of Arsenal and Tottenhem in recent months but has now chosen the German club.
The Bundesliga Club released a statement on Thursday on their website, confirming the deal.
The statement read, “VfL Wolfsburg have agreed on an immediate cooperation with the Ultimate Strikers Academy from Nigeria.
“Talented individuals from the elite football academy receive the opportunity to participate in training activities with the teams from the youth performance centre, the U23 team and also the Bundesliga side as guest players. Parallel, there is also a multi-faceted exchange programme, with the focus on a transfer of knowledge to the Ultimate Strikers Academy, to encourage such elements as modern training techniques, sport medicine or sport technology.
“The start of the cooperation was marked by the visit of 17-year-old academy and junior international Victor Osimhen to Wolfsburg, where he will spend several days as a guest, training with the professional Bundesliga team. Further visits of talented young Nigerian players to Wolfsburg are already being planned.”
Wolfsburg however insisted that Nigerian wonderkid will not become an official player for the club until 2017, when he will be 18.
“We are delighted to welcome our first international cooperation partner, in the Ultimate Strikers Academy, here as VfL Wolfsburg. For talented youngsters such as Victor Osimhen, it is a major advantage to combine the games at home with the academy team, with knowledge of youth training and operational processes in European professional football.”
Ultimate Strikers Academy boss Chinedu Moses Ogbenna expressed happiness with the partnership entered into with the Bundesliga club.
“This cooperation is a massive step for our academy. The training and working conditions at VfL Wolfsburg are very impressive. We are very happy to be in a position to benefit from the know-how at VfL in terms of talent development. This exchange is a real milestone for us,” Ogbenne said.
Osimhen made history when he set a new goal record of 10 goals at the FIFA U-17 World cup in Chile in November, the youngstar was also on the Nigeria squad who clinched the U-23 AFCON in Senegal in December and qualified for this year’s Rio Olympics.