Following the reports linking Samuel Chukwueze with a move to the EPL, former Eagles forward Ikechukwu Uche has advised the young forward to stay put and continue his development at the club.
Chukwueze, 19, has been enjoying a rave reviews after scoring in the Spanish La Liga, Europa League and Spanish Cup and has likened to Bayern Munich and Netherlands legend Arjen Robben.
With European January Transfer window currently opened, Several Clubs in Spain and English Premier league has keen to sign the winger whose has just six months left on his current deal with the yellow Sub-marines.
“Chukwueze is doing well at Villarreal so it’s only normal to have growing speculation about his future in the media, but he is in a good place,” Uche told BBC Sport.
“He should treat all this attention as a compliment and continue to grow because his impressive rise from the reserves to the first team is still fresh.
“Villarreal is a good club, he is being taken care of and he’s surrounded by quality players that will help him grow.
“The people there are dedicated to protecting and improving him, so there is no pressure on him.”
Uche, former Villarreal and Real Zaragoza forward urged Chukwueze to remain at the club and emulate Ivorian defender Eric Bailly and DR Congo’s Cedric Bakambu are two notable Africans who have recently made big-money move from Villarreal.
“I’ve been following his progress and I know some of the people there, so let’s just say he has the potential to become a successful player at the club,” Uche added.
“I haven’t had a chance to speak to him but personally I want him to stay.
“I’m sure he will do what is right for his career, I’m just happy to see another African and Nigerian making a positive impact at Villarreal.”
Chukwueze has made 13 appearances this season for Villareal, scoring four goals for the La Liga side.
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