Sparta Rotterdam goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye, says he is more concerned about building his career than running after money.
Super Eagles shot stopper Okoye switched to Rotterdam on a free transfer in 2020 and has since become the number one keeper for both club and country.
He had an impressive debut season with The Castle Lords but has struggled in the 2021/22 season, having conceded 16 goals in eight appearances this term.
Okoye was previously linked with a move to Ajax before signing a long-term extension to his contract that will see him stay in Rotterdam until 2025, making him one of the club’s top earners.
But there are reports that his representatives are in contact with Ligue 1 side Nice, negotiating for a potential transfer in January.
In an interview with rp-online.de, the 22-year-old, who according to transfermarkt.de now has a valuation of €1m, revealed that he turned down two lucrative offers to stay in the Netherlands.
“I have extended long-term at Sparta. I discussed this step in great detail with my agency Prime11 and my closest advisor and ran through all the scenarios. So, that was well considered.
“At my age, it is important that I fill my account and not my bank account.
“I had two offers from clubs that would definitely make me a lot better financially. But I’m not someone who chases after money. I want to build a career and really get the most out of myself. I want to be at the top and play at the highest level in the long term.”
The Eagles keeper however refused to rule out a potential move in the nearest future.
He added, “If there is a move, then I can give Sparta Rotterdam and the fans a great gift with my transfer. But I’m not currently dealing with thoughts of change. That’s why I have my management team, whom I trust completely.”
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