I’ve trained with Messi at Barcelona – Nigeria U-20 star, Ezekiel Bassey

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Barcelona’s Nigerian forward, Ezekiel Bassey, has spoken about what life is with the Spanish club and says he has trained a couple of times with Lionel Messi and the rest of the first-team squad.

Ezekiel Bassey
Ezekiel Bassey

The former Akwa United star signed an initial six-month deal with Barca last month, with the possibility of signing for an additional two years.

Although he is yet to receive his work permit to play for the Catalan club’s B side, he has been training with the squad.

“Life and football are totally different at Barcelona. I’m working very hard to quickly adapt because it is different,” Bassey told npfl.ng on Monday.

“Already, there is that language barrier and all, so working hard is key to settling down very fast at the club. I have been welcomed and have been seen as a brother and a member of the Barcelona family since I joined them.

“Playing for Barcelona is a great privilege I’ll cherish for years to come. I’ll be playing soon, I’m actually back in the country to sort out issues regarding my work permit.

“I’ll resume immediately I’m done which should be in a few days. I can’t wait to play my first official game.

“It’s been a great start for me. I’ve had the privilege to train with some of the best players in world football.

”Yes, we’ve had a combined training of Team A and B, we do that twice a week. I’m already inspired and will work very hard to play with these very best players.”


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