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Why ex-Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo picked Genk over Marseille

Former Chelsea striker, Ike Ugbo, has explained why he chose KRC Genk ahead of Olympique Marseille this past summer.

Ugbo had offers from both clubs, but chose Genk after last season’s loan with Cercle Brugge.

He told Sport/Foot Magazine: “The young Ugbo might have opted for Marseille: a big club, in the south of France, near the family (who lives in Nice). The prospect of playing against Lionel Messi (at PSG) … But today’s Ugbo thinks that might have been a mistake.

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“After Circle, Genk seems to me to be the ideal step to take a further step.

“Why Genk? Mainly because of the players who have made their mark here in the past. When I see where they’ve ended up … When you’re young, you don’t pay too much attention to that sort of thing, otherwise I would have come sooner. I spoke with the club at the end of last season and they had a great project for me.

“Other teams came forward, but I felt I could find what I needed here at this point in my career. It was the project that won me over. I’m not yet at the level where I can consider winning the Champions League, or playing a major role elsewhere. I have to be smarter in my choices.”


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