Osaze Odemwingie considers Bristol stay

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Peter Odemwingie will consider joining English Championship side, Bristol City, on a permanent basis this summer.

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The 34-year-old Nigeria forward is on loan to Bristol City from Stoke City, where his contract will run out this season.

Stoke City are not willing to extend his stay at the Britannia Stadium which has led Odemwingie moving to the Championship side on loan till the end of this season.

Despite hoping for a Premier League return, Odemwingie will not rule out playing in the second tier and has spoken to the Robins manager, Lee Johnson, who shares same top-flight ambition with him.

“I spoke to a couple of people at Stoke who know Bristol City well and they talked well of the club. I then spoke to and had text messages with the manager (Lee Johnson) and had a positive feeling after that.

“I’ve told the manager I want promotion and he wants the same. The stadium is almost completed, they want to strengthen the squad and push for the play-offs next season, the finances are there, the city has a lot of potential and the club’s ambition is the same as mine.

“I still see myself as a Premier League player but, sometimes in life, you have to take a step backwards to take two forward. I think coming here was the right decision for me rather than waiting until the summer and looking then.

“I’m 34, but I started late in the game, I still feel young and can play for another couple of years. Stoke are not offering me a new contract and I’m in the shop window. Hopefully, that will be good for me and good for Bristol City. It’s a win-win situation,” Odemwingie said.

The former Cardiff City and West Bromwich Albion man was impressive in his debut as he came off the bench to inspire Bristol City to a 2-1 win after they trailed 0-1 at the break on Saturday.

However, Odemwingie knows he has to make a good impression on Ashton Gate faithful in their battle for survival to earn himself a permanent deal.

“I cannot afford to look too far ahead, because the really important thing is the here and now and keeping Bristol City in the Championship. If the next two months go well for me and for the club, then we will see what the future holds. In the meantime, I have to prove to myself that I can get back to the level I was once at and show the manager here what I can do.

“I had a serious injury (cruciate knee ligament) last season and I need to test myself. I had a good pre-season, but friendlies are not the same as league games. I did not get that opportunity at Stoke and have come here to work hard and, hopefully, get games here,” he said.


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Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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