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Akpom admits he backed Chelsea before joining Arsenal

Posted : 07 November 2023
Chuba Akpom, with dreams of playing for the Super Eagles, recently engaged in a conversation with Ajax TV, where he delved into various subjects such as his grasp of the Dutch language, Dutch cuisine, football icons who inspired him in his formative years, and his enduring affection for a particular club.

Akpom's journey led him to Ajax Amsterdam in August 2023, transferring from Middlesbrough under a five-year contract binding him to the Netherlands until June 2028. The deal was settled at €12.3 million, with potential increments to €14.3 million based on specific variables.

Although Akpom encountered challenges in his initial two months at Ajax Amsterdam, he exuded optimism during the media interview, which marked a stark contrast to his early experiences under former manager Maurice Steijn.

The recommendation for Akpom's acquisition came from Sven Mislintat, a former Director of Football at Ajax who had previously served as the Head of Recruitment at the Premier League's Arsenal.

Akpom's football odyssey began at Arsenal at the tender age of six, and he ascended through the ranks, amassing a dozen appearances for the first team before his permanent departure in 2018. His journey featured loan spells at clubs including Coventry City, Brentford, Nottingham Forest, Hull City, Brighton & Hove Albion, and Sint-Truidense.

In an intriguing revelation, the Ajax Amsterdam forward confessed to having supported Chelsea before joining Arsenal.

"When it comes to my favorite team, it's undoubtedly Arsenal. I grew up there, and I had the privilege to play for Arsenal," Akpom shared with Ajax TV.

Reflecting on his favorite players, the Ajax number 10 disclosed, "I had two in particular: Thierry Henry and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink. Before my time with Arsenal, I followed Chelsea quite closely. I was a Chelsea supporter, so I admired Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Eidur Gudjohnsen. I held them in high regard.

"But when I signed with Arsenal, that's when I truly became an Arsenal supporter, a loyalty that began when I was just 6 or 7 years old."


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