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My Ambitions Are Still High –Odemwingie

Osaze Odemwingie has declared his resolve to continue playing top-flight club football and probably few more years with Nigeria’s Super Eagles after an injury- ravaged season with English Premier League side, Stoke City. The 33-year-old suffered a devastating cruciate knee ligament injury last August, which ruled him out for eight months of this season.

But the Nigeria World Cup forward believes he has come back stronger than ever after playing a part in another remarkable season for the Potters, and hopes Stoke boss, Mark Hughes, will offer him a new deal as he believes the Midlands club is going places. Odemwingie said: “It was a big year for me.

I went to the World Cup, did well and then got injured which was such a blow. But my ambitions are still high, I’ve never lowered the bar and I still want to   do well in my career. “I’m 34 this year and if this is my last couple of years in the Premier League then I feel I can do myself justice. “I think having an injury like that, coming through good times and bad, does change your approach to everything.

It makes you focus more, appreciate what you have and I’ll be training right throughout June to make sure I’m in the best condition I can be. Maybe we can come to an agreement. “Stoke is a good club, I’m happy here and maybe Southampton can be a good example – they could be in Europe next year and that’s something we could aim for.” The much-travelled striker, who has played in France, Russia, England and Wales, saluted the Stoke fans who helped him through the toughest year of his career.

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