Language Barriers Turned Okaka Away From Nigeria
Stefano Okaka Reveals He Rejected Nigeria Due To Cultural and Language Barriers
Stefano Okaka has dismissed suggestions that claimed he has the playing style as Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli.
The one - cap Italy international has clarified his future with Sampdoria, saying he is committed to the club, with earlier reports linking him with Inter Milan, AC Milan and teams in England.
''I wrote a letter to the fans to make it clear that I stay here 100 percent. Juventus? I am good at Sampdoria.
''You ask me because I'm black? I'm not the new Balotelli, I'm Stefano Okaka. We are friends, I wish all the best to Mario but each makes its path,'' Stefano Okaka told La Stampa.
The 25 - year - old attacker has set his sights on getting more games under his belt for Italy's national team, having rejected the opportunity to turn out for the Super Eagles.
''I talked to everyone, gave me lots of advice. Despite my roots, with Nigeria I would have felt a bit of a foreigner. I said no, I do not know their culture, the language, nothing of that country.
''It's everyone's dream to play for the national team and I made it. I'm sure that's just the beginning of many other experiences,'' Stefano Okaka concluded.
Born in Castiglione del Lago, Italy , Stefano Okaka has scored 3 goals in 14 matches for Sampdoria this season.