Lookman reveals reason behind England’s snub for Nigeria, Atalanta switch

Super Eagles and Atalanta striker Ademola Lookman says he has no regrets over snubbing England for Nigeria, even as he revealed why joined La Dea in the summer

The 25-year-old has taken Serie A by storm since his €9m move from RB Leipzig last summer.

Lookman has scored 12 goals in 20 league matches, providing four assists, quickly becoming a regular starter under Gian Piero Gasperini.

“I joined Atalanta because they are a great team and score many goals,” Lookman told L’Eco di Bergamo as quoted by Calcioatalanta.

“I am happy here, I knew I could do great things.”

Lookman scored two of his 12 Serie A goals in a Serie A match against Juventus in January. After the game, coach Gasperini praised new director Lee Congerton for bringing Lookman to the Geiwss Stadium.

Lookman joined from RB Leipzig last summer, but Congerton had known him at Leicester City.

His compatriot Victor Osimhen is Serie A’s leading scorer with 16 goals so far. Does Lookman aim to reach him?

“I have just one target and I focus on one game at a time,” he said.

“I’ve never thought about records and I want to continue working to improve. We’ll see what I’ve reached in the end. I know Osimhen well and I can say he is an incredible player with exceptional characteristics. Everyone is seeing the champion he is.”

Lookman was born in London to Nigerian parents and made his senior debut with the Super Eagles this past March.

“I have no regrets, he admitted. I took the right decision. This is my career, I want to play for Nigeria. I am proud of this. I was born in England, but my family is from Nigeria and I have a strong bond with both countries.”

Lookman also explained his goal celebration at Atalanta.

“My dad suggested me to do so. With a little joke linked to my name after every goal. I made it for the first time in August after my first Serie A goal against Sampdoria.”

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