I Rejected Porto And Getafe Offers For Lille – Enyeama
Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama has revealed he turned down Porto and Spanish club Getafe to join Lille.
“I had several offers from Porto and several Spanish clubs like Getafe, but I finally chose Lille because by then they were doing well on the league table and my brother, Aniekan, was also playing in France,” Enyeama told L’Equipe magazine.
The 31-year-old goalkeeper also spoke about his trials at Bolton Wanderers then in the English Premier League.
“I was close to signing for Bolton, but I don’t know why I didn’t because I did well at the trials. Could it have been a problem between my agent and the club? I cannot tell but I moved on,” he said in an extensive special feature on him by the top French sports magazine.
‘Vinnie’, as he is known in France, joined Lille as a free agent in 2011 from Israeli club Hapoel Tel-Aviv.
He was frozen out in his first season at Lille and had to go on loan to another Israeli club Maccabi Tel-Aviv for the 2012/13 season.
However, this season the former Enyimba star, who holds a diploma in biochemistry, has shone through to go an amazing 1062 minutes unbeaten in the French Ligue 1.
Lille have promptly extended his contract till June 2017.