Nigerian winger Samuel Chukwueze has quashed rumors of a potential loan move from AC Milan despite facing a challenging start to his tenure with the Serie A giants. The information was provided by the player in an interview with Soccernet.NG.
The 24-year-old, who made a €20 million switch from La Liga side Villarreal to AC Milan last season, has struggled to meet expectations, amassing only two goals and one assist in 19 appearances across all competitions. Despite not the best performance, according to Transfermarkt his current market value estimates at €23 million.
Chukwueze’s transfer to AC Milan raised eyebrows as top clubs, including Arsenal, were reportedly interested in securing his services during the same period. Despite his less-than-stellar performance in Italy, the Super Eagles star is determined to stay and prove himself at the San Siro.
In an interview with Soccernet.NG, Chukwueze addressed the speculation surrounding a potential loan move.
“I’m not leaving because I need to prove myself. They signed me for quite good money. Me leaving AC Milan means that I’m just shying away from my responsibilities. So, I just have to focus and work hard. It’s a big club, so I have to show myself and show my potential. If I didn’t want to play, I wouldn’t have signed for the club.”
Chukwueze’s resolve to stay and fight for his place in the AC Milan squad comes despite his limited playing time, often coming off the bench and occasionally starting due to the team’s injury concerns. The Nigerian international remains committed to making an impact and showcasing his abilities in the prestigious Serie A.
As Chukwueze remains with the Super Eagles in Ivory Coast for the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, his determination to rise to the challenge at AC Milan reflects his dedication to fulfilling his responsibilities with the Italian giants.