Barcelona Femeni of Spain attacker, Asisat Oshoala is recounting every moment of her days with the Catalans, and acknowledged how things became a lot better for her at the end of the initial loan deal that took her to Camp Nou from Dalian Quanjian of China.
Megasportsarena.com reports that ‘Super Zee’ recalled that she might not have left Quanjian had the Chinese Women’s Super League club not run into financial constraints which necessitated some cost cutting measures and she gave them one by offering to move out on loan.
She went on to reveal that Barca had not been in the picture at the onset but, considering that she had played for Arsenal Women and Liverpool Ladies of England before moving to China, her manager felt only one of Europe’s top clubs would be good enough for her, and the suggestion soon saw how move to Spain in the winter of 2019.
After excelling on loan with Barcelona, during which time she scored their only goal in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final defeat by Olympique Lyon of France, the Spanish side felt they need her to stay longer and she was able to secure a permanent move in the summer that came before the recently cancelled season.
Now with a European silver medal and Spanish league title to her name after just a year with Barca, the Nigerian women’s national team, Super Falcons’ captain and current four-time African Women Footballer of The Year is standing tall.
She, however, admits it might not have been possible had she not left Dalian Quanjian because the Chinese club had some challenges and she accepted the bait when some transfer buffs close to Farid Benstiti’s side advised her to leave the Chinese club.
The former FC Robo Queens of Lagos and Rivers Angels of Port Harcourt damsel is now keen to lead the Spanish champions to European success, as they prepare to compete in the Champions League finals’ play-off competition from August 21 to 30 in Spain.
The 25-year-old Amazon who has scored eight goals in 11 Primera Iberdrola appearances and was rewarded with a three-year contract in the summer of 2019, wondered further what would have been her fate had she stayed in China, as Quanjian were dissolved in December, after the three-time champions failed to overcome the arrest of their owner, Shu Yuhui, in January 2019.
After agreeing on a full contract with Barca, Oshoala scored 26 goals in 25 games, including 20 in 19 league outings, and she has now won two titles, including the Spanish diadem this season
with Lluis Cortes’ side, all of which make her thankful of moving to Nou Camp, despite getting many lucrative offers from other top clubs in Europe, after she won four trophies in China.
Oshoala told Channels TV: “My team in China had one or two challenges. So, we came to the conclusion that I will see what I can do and I spoke to my agency. We decided that I could move to Europe for six months or thereabout then come back to China with hopes that my team’s situation will have settled a bit before then.
“I gave them a couple of teams I will like to play and Barcelona responded fine and brought a good offer and I decided to move there and return to my team after. It was a tough one for me because I only came to just play a half-season in Europe and after then go back to China.
“But it became more interesting after the loan expired. Barcelona showed interest to keep me and it was a little tough for my team in China but we later came to an agreement. I decided to remain in Europe with Barcelona to see how things pan out.”