New signing at Getafe of Spain, Peter Oghenekaro Etebo has revealed factors that led to his loan move from Stoke City of England, and admits he virtually had to beg The Potters to let him go, megasportsarena.com reports.
Etebo pointed out that he got a favourable offer from Getafe towards the end of last year, hence his desire to try out a second spell in Spain, and he quickly informed Stoke’s top brass about the prospect of him leaving on loan.
The former Warri Wolves of Delta State, CD Fariense of Portugal and Las Palmas of Spain battler said he is grateful for the approval he got from Stoke’s officials, who he said have continued being cordial with him, despite his lack of playing time with the squad this term.
He revealed further that he was almost going to join English Premier League side, Watford instead of Stoke back in 2018, but recalled that he decided to sign for The Potters before heading to the World Cup in Russia with the Super Eagles because he felt there were better chances of him getting more playing time in the English Championship.
That was the case in his first season with the former EPL side, but things turned out the other way round this term, following the club’s inability to gain promotion back to the top-flight, and Etebo admits the going became tough since then.
He is now looking forward to better days ahead of him in the second half of this season, as he was officially unveiled by Getafe on Thursday, following a successful medical at Cemtro Clinic, with the club that once had former Super Eagles’ striker, Ikechukwu Uche on their cards taking him up on a six-month loan deal until the end of the current season.
With Getafe holding an option to turn the loan deal into a full contract this summer, Etebo said he is happy to finally join the team that first expressed interest in him after a similar spell he had at Las Palmas, which he failed to save from relegation in La Liga.
He is now seeking better fortunes in his return to The Land of the Armada, where he says he will love to finally make a historic mark with his new club, but still holds a thought for Stoke, as he recalled that the desire that took him to The Potters was to help them return to the EPL, which they could eventually not pull off, much to his disappointment.
Etebo recounted: “I didn’t go to Stoke City because of the money or because the contract was big or they pay that much, it’s just because I felt it was an opportunity for them to go back to the Premier League
“The target of the team is to go back to the Premier League because they have spent a lot of money and it is a good team. It is a big team, it is a Premier League team. All the same, it doesn’t work out well, so as we all know to play in the Premier League is a good thing just as to play in the Spanish League. I had to inform them to allow me go since Getafe wanted me.”