Ebenezer Akinsanmiro: Former Napoli Star Claims Real Madrid Wanted to Sign Inter Milan’s Youngster

Ebenezer Akinsanmiro: Former Napoli Star Claims Real Madrid Wanted to Sign Inter Milan’s Youngster

Edwin Kiplagat
February 27, 2024 at 6:01 PM
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  • Ebenezer Akinsanmiro is the latest Nigerian youngster to hit the scene
  • The 19-year-old made his debut for Inter Milan against Lecce on Sunday
  • Former Napoli star and agent Oscar Damiani has hailed the youngster

Ebenezer Akinsanmiro made his debut for Inter Milan on Sunday, February 25.

The 19-year-old stepped on the pitch in the 76th minute in Nerazzurri's 4-0 win over Lecce in the Serie A.

Former Napoli striker and agent Oscar Damiani has lauded the youngster, saying other top European clubs wanted to sign the youngster.

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Ebenezer Akinsanmiro will get more minutes at Inter Milan this season. Photos by Inter Milan and Ebenezer Akinsanmiro.
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Akinsanmiro has been playing for Inter's Under-19 side since his arrival last year, per Afrik Foot.

His journey to the Serie A was rapid. his displays at the Viareggio Youth Tournament caught the yes of scouts and agents like Damiani.

According to him, the likes of Real Madrid and Benfica wanted to sign him, but the Italian giants won the race for his signature in January 2023.

Damiani praises Akinsanmiro

According to FC Inter News, Inter worked hard to convince him to join the club.

“He’s an interesting guy, very smart, very good, I knew him immediately at the Viareggio tournament. Inter were very quick at taking him, it was not easy, even for the status of non-EU."
"Congratulations to the Nerazzurri who have signed him and the boy who is working well. Then when you train with the senior team, you can only grow. He is a great prospect,” he said.

Damiani added that Real Madrid were also interested in taking him.

"A lot of teams wanted him including Real Madrid. Inter are working well with the youngsters, they were good at developing them and so the guy chose Inter,” Damiani added.

The youngster has a long way to go before he can become a regular in the first team. Moreover, Inter's financial problems and their ageing squad mean the young midfielder could get a chance soon.

Nigerians who played for Inter Milan

Sports Brief earlier reported on Akinsanmiro joining other Nigerians who played for Inter Milan.

Nwankwo Kanu was the first Nigerian to play for Inter, following his transfer from Ajax in the summer of 1996.

Taribo West and Obafemi Martins also played for the Italian giants a few years ago.

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Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.