Exclusive: Kelechi Nwakali will leave Huesca this season

By Innocent Benjamin

After three forgettable seasons at the Spanish club, Kelechi Nwakali will not extend his stay beyond 2021/2022

Former Nigerian wonderkid and u-17 golden ball winner, Kelechi Nwakali, has decided not to extend his stay with Spanish division 2 side, Huesca, beyond this season.

The 23-year-old midfielder has been with Huesca since his permanent transfer from Arsenal in 2019, but has struggled for playing time ever since.

Despite being available, Kelechi has completed a full 90' only twice in almost three years.

His stock rose to a new high in the second half of last season after a successful loan spell at relegation threatened Alcorcon, where he scored 4 goals and won the club's April Player of the Month.

Five clubs were reported to have expressed interest in him including English trio, Leeds, Watford and Bournemouth, as well as, La Liga sides, Levante and Osasuna.

Although offered an extension to his contract which expires next year by Huesca, Nwakali has rejected the offer. 

Having decided not to continue with the Spanish outfit, Nwakali now has to decide whether to move in the winter transfer window in January for a fee or wait until the summer when he will be a free agent. 

If he decides to move in January, his goal of representing Nigeria at next year's FIFA World Cup in Qatar could be actualized. This still remains a tall order as he is yet to win a senior cap in a very competitive Nigerian squad.

However, moving in January will consequently see the number of clubs interested in him reduced, since Huesca will either demand a transfer fee or sell-on percentage.

On the other hand, a move in the summer of 2022 could blow his World Cup dreams away, since Huesca could decide to ostracize him from the first team squad for the remainder of the campaign.