Onazi optimistic about his Turkey move….

Nigeria's Ogenyi Onazi

Nigeria international midfielder Ogenyi Onazi says he needed to move from Italian club Lazio as he joined Turkish side Trabzonspor. The 23-year-old moves on a four-year deal after five years at Lazio, scoring seven goals in 110 appearances. Despite having a contract at the Serie A outfit until summer 2018, the Super Eagle insists it was time to leave Rome and seek pastures new elsewhere. “I left Lazio for personal reasons,” Onazi said. He made 20 appearances in all competitions for Lazio last season as a lack of form and injury hampered him, but was a more regular starter when Simone Inzaghi took over as coach in April. “Importantly I needed to make this move to clear my head and be happy playing football again. “It might be difficult for some people to understand my decision but this is a step forward in my career. “The Lazio coach [Simone Inzaghi] spoke to the management about keeping me. I was even offered a contract extension to stay but Trabzonspor provides a new lease of life. “I thank the Lazio fans, managers, players and backroom staff at the club who supported me from my Primavera [youth team] days for their love and incredible affection. “I will always be a Lazio fan because the club gave me the platform to be the player I am today.”

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