Valentine Ozornwafor, Super Eagles central defender, has described Darwin Nunez, Liverpool forward, as a happy soul in the locker room.
The pair played side-by-side in the Spanish Segunda side, Almeria. Nunez joined Almeria from Uruguayan side, Peñarol on a five-year contract, for a rumoured club record fee of US$4.5 million plus $1.5 million in variables.
The 23-year-old forward scored on his full debut with Almeria, finishing his only season at the Estadio de los Juegos Mediterráneos as the league’s joint fourth top scorer with 16 goals, led by compatriot Cristhian Stuani.
Nunez’s goalscoring exploits quickly garnered interest from across the footballing world, with a number of Europe’s elite keeping tabs on him.
Benfica eventually secured his signature for €24 million in 2020. He finished last season as the leading scorer in Portugal’s top flight, ending with 34 goals in 41 appearances in all competitions.
“He his always happy in the dressing room, fun to be around with, Valentine said to OJBSPORT. Despite the fact that he doesn’t understand English then, we did get along.”
“It was easier for him to connect with the rest of the teammates because they all speak English.”
Valentine described his experience in Almeria as one that he will never forget so soon. No thanks to Covid19 and his first and only goal as a professional as at the time of this publication.
“My time with Almeria was a good experience. The language, food and the people. People like Arvin Appiah, who’s still with the team and Wilfrid Kaptoum who came on loan from Real Betis, helped me settle very well because they understand English language.”
“I scored my first goal against UD Tamaraceite in the Copa Del Rey, although we lost the game. I still cherish the moment.”