Spain youth international defender Derik Osede Prieto has revealed that he is dumping the opportunity of playing for the Spanish senior team for his fatherland, Nigeria according to BBC. Derik has played at all youth levels for Spain including two appearances for the Under-21 team. The 22-year-old centre-back, who is known simply as Derik, is a regular for European giants Real Madrid’s B side, is eligible to play for the Super Eagles because his father is Nigerian.
Under Fifa rules he is free to switch because he has not yet played for a country’s senior national team. Despite possessing the talent to potentially make the step
up to Spain’s senior side, Derik has issued what appears to be effectively a come-and-get-me plea to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF). Speaking with BBC, Derek insists:
“I have lived in Spain all my life and I am not sure the people life and I am not sure the people in Nigeria are aware that I have Nigerian blood,” “But I crave for something special with Nigeria because it will give me a chance to properly connect with the ancestral home of my father.“My father is from Benin City [southern Nigeria] and even though I have never been there I always follow events in
Nigeria. “I celebrated when the country won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2013 and I was cheering the team at the last World Cup in Brazil.”
“Playing for Spain was the foundation to where I am today and I can never take that for granted,” he said. “You can’t throw away your education or outgrow it, Spain gave me what I have now and my hard work got me to where I am.
“But somehow I feel one half of my life has always been left untouched and I need to fix that.”
Derek insists that his Father has not influenced his decision in anyway. Yeah Derek also says he l7ves Nigerian wheat meal, loves Nigerian music and likens his footballing style to Taribo West, so someone should pleade find him a caring Beni wife oh