Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi says he conflicted with the desires of his parents in turning into a professional footballer.
Moving far from his family in Lagos, Nigeria, to seek after a football profession against his dad’s desires didn’t bother the 6ft 2in midfielder. Neither did making a debut for Belgian side Genk, despite the fact that he was solicited to play out from the position at left-back.
At that point there was his £15million move to Leicester City, his first debut was in the FA Cup game against Everton.
Regardless of his quick rise, things could have turned out another way had he turned into his dad desire.
Speaking to Leicester mercury Ndidi said:
“My family were not so much into football,” he told the Leicester Mercury. “My father watched it on the TV, however, he didn’t want me to play football. He is a soldier, but he didn’t need me to emulate his footsteps, he simply needed me to go to school.
“I missed out on some school as a result of football. When I moved to Nath Boys academy then I began to miss out a great opportunity for some of my schooling.
“My family haven’t been over to see me play yet. They just see it on TV.”
Ndidi’s first Premier League game came up against EPL table-toppers Chelsea, while he has officially confronted Manchester United and Liverpool and he feels he is getting used to the huge players around him.
“When I was going on to the pitch I was nervous, seeing players like Romelu Lukaku and the players I was accustomed to seeing on TV,” he stated.
“But, when the game began I was like ‘alright, let’s just do it.’ “That is the way I attempt to get things done. That is the way I live.”
However, Ndidi said he’s not fully settled with the new environment, as he concedes he must get his driving permit, but he has Super Eagles teammates to call upon to offer assistance.
“I know how to drive yet I don’t have a permit. I need one here,” he included.
“Ahmed Musa has been helping me. He drives me around. whenever we have an away game, he picks me up and drives me to the airport, and he has been showing me around.
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