Troost-Ekong happy with Gent move

Nigeria defender William Troost-Ekong says he is thrilled to have completed his move to Belgian champions Gent.


The 21-year-old, who was a youth player with Tottenham, moved from Dutch club FC Groningen to Gent after agreeing a three-year contract on Tuesday.


However, he will spend the first year on loan at Norway’s FK Haugesund.


“I’m very happy to have signed with the Belgium champions. I took my time deciding on my next best step,” Troost-Ekong told BBC Sport.


“I thank Gent for this great opportunity and I look forward to joining the club at the end of my loan.”


The Super Eagles player rejected a big-money offer from Russian club Rostov and he also turned down interests from Spanish second-tier club SD Ponferradina and an English Championship side.


He added, “I spoke with the Nigeria coach (Sunday Oliseh) and the emphasis was for me to ensure that I am playing regular top-flight football even if that meant seeking a loan move.


“I’m thankful for his advice and together with what I and my management had in mind, this was the best option.


“Going to Norway gives me an opportunity to play regularly and continue my progress.”


Troost-Ekong, who made his debut for Nigeria in a match against Chad on June 13, represented the Netherlands at youth level before switching allegiance to his father’s country.

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