Thursday, 4 August 2016

Ogenyi Onazi joins Trabzonspor from Lazio

The Nigeria midfielder, 23, has signed a four-year contract after leaving Italy for personal reasons.

"I needed to make this move to clear my head and be happy playing football again," he told BBC Sport.

Onazi has dismissed worries about security in Turkey, despite a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in July.

"Personally, I think security is the same everywhere," Onazi added.

"Nowhere is perfectly safe in life, so we just keep praying that God will guide and protect us wherever we go."

Onazi spent five years with Lazio, who he joined from Nigerian club My People, and scored seven goals in 110 appearances.

Injury and lack of form hampered him last season, and he almost left in January, when a proposed loan move to Bundesliga side Werder Bremen collapsed.

He played 20 games for Lazio during the campaign, although he became a more regular starter when Simone Inzaghi took over as coach in April.

"I left Lazio for personal reasons," said Onazi, who had two years left to run in his contract at the Stadio Olimpico, and had been offered a deal to extend it.

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