Nigerian Starlet, Ezekiel Bassey Trains With Messi, Suarez & Barcelona First Team
Nigerian striker Ezekiel Bassey has revealed that he has started training with Barcelona first team.
Bassey in January 2017 joined Barcelona Team B from Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club Akwa United.
The 20-year-old joined on a loan deal until the end of the season with an option of a further two years if he impresses.
Although he signed for the Team B, the striker revealed that he trains with the senior team which comprise of players like Lionel Messi, Andrés Iniesta and Luis Suarez.
”Yes, we’ve had a combined training of Team A and B, we do that twice a week. I’m already inspired and will work very hard to play with these very best players,” Bassey told the official website of the NPFL.
The former Enyimba striker is yet to make his debut for Barcelona Team B because of work permit issues.
“Playing for Barcelona is a great privilege I’ll cherish for years to come. I’ll be playing soon, I’m actually back in the country to sort out issues regarding my work permit,” he also added.
“Already, there is that language barrier and all, so working hard is key to settling down very fast at the club. I have been welcomed and have been seen as a brother and a member of the Barcelona family since I joined them.”
If Bassey impresses on loan, the 20-year who can play from the wings and as a striker could join likes of Emmanuel Amuneke and Gbenga Okunowo as the only Nigerians to play Barcelona senior side.