Queens Park Rangers’ attacking midfielder Eberechi Eze, who has been linked heavily with a move to Tottenham has admitted that he was released by Arsenal early in his teenage years.
Eze was let go by Arsenal, Fulham, Reading and Millwall before settling at QPR, where he has broken into the first-team and has gone on to become an important player for his side this season.
His impressive performances at Loftus Road this season has reportedly brought him to the attention of Tottenham have already (The Sun).
The Greenwich-born product has developed into an outstanding player over the past few years and this season has provided an impressive 12 goals and eight assists in 37 Championship games (transfermarkt) and will reportedly be available for around £20 million.
Eze had previously opened up to The Independent on the difficulty of being released by Arsenal whilst still at school.
He said: “I was 13 [when I was released by Arsenal]. That was the worst one. I remember crying in my room for a solid week, my mum telling me that it’s going to be OK but not being able to get over it.
“Then I went to Fulham and I was finally starting to enjoy my football again. We played Arsenal a few months later but, when I went over to shake the academy manager’s hand, I started welling up. All the feelings came back.”
He has now admitted that his early struggles have helped him reach the heights that he is now enjoying.
Speaking to talkSPORT, the 21-year-old said: “In football, there’s ups and downs and obviously from a young age I experienced a few downs.
“The key is just to keep going and keep working hard, and if you believe in yourself you can reach whatever heights you want to reach.”
Spurs Web Opinion
I believe we will regret it if we don’t manage to sign Eze this summer as his value his only going to go up in the next few years. I really hope Daniel Levy has learned his lesson from the Jack Grealish saga and offers what QPR are demanding so that we can get the deal done early.
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