Nigerian forward, Henry Onyekuru, has said that Morocco international Younes Belhanda played a huge role in influencing him to sign for Adana Demirspor, APROKOVIBES Sports Extra reports.
On July 10, 2022, Demirspor confirmed the signing of the Nigeria international from Olympiacos on a season-long loan until the end of the 2022/23 campaign, with an option to buy.
The 25-year-old had sealed a permanent move to the Greek elite division side after an unsuccessful spell at Ligue 1 outfit AS Monaco. The forward has explained how Belhanda influenced him to sign the loan deal with Demirspor.
“I think if I remember correctly, Belhanda said something like ‘If you don’t come to Adana Demirspor, I will cut your head off, I will break your head. Of course, it was a joke,” Onyekuru said, according to Fanatik.
“The reason why he wanted to is that we already have a friendship from the past, we played together on the field. On this occasion, he asked me to come, thinking that we would better understand and adapt to each other on the field. It was such a moment,” he said.
Onyekuru and Belhanda’s friendship started in Galatasaray during another loan spell between 2017 and 2021.
Onyekuru, who has already made 15 appearances for the Super Eagles and scored one goal has so far netted four times for Demirspor in 12 games. Last season at Olympiacos, he managed 14 matches but did not find the back of the net in any game.
He will hope to star again when Demirspor face Sampdoria in a friendly at The New Adana Stadium on Wednesday before they face Risespor in the Turkish Cup fifth-round fixture at the same venue on December 22.
Demirspor, who are placed third on the 13-team league table with 24 points from 13 matches, will resume their Super Lig action against Fatih Karagumruk on December 25.