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Ademola Lookman: I’m liking Italian football

Nigeria international Ademola Lookman says he is loving life in Italy less than three weeks after joining Atalanta from RB Leipzig, according to ANAEDOONLINE.NG

The 24-year-old joined the Black and Blues for €9 million plus performance-related bonuses after spending the previous season on loan at Leicester City in the English Premier League.

The forward was impressive during his stay in England, netting eight goals in 42 appearances for Leicester City, but Brendan Rodgers’ side were unable to acquire him permanently due to his parent club Leipzig’s €15 million valuation.

Since joining Atlanta, the Nigerian has made five appearances and has been involved in three goals (a goal and two assists).

During their matchday 5 fixture weekend against newly promoted Monza on Monday, Lookman put up another superlative performance setting up the opening goal scored by Rasmus Hojlund before his effort was directed into the net by defender Marlon Santos da Silva Barbosa to secure the victory at Brianteo Stadium.

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His performance drew praises from Atalanta manager Gian Gasperini, who singled out the Nigerian for praise.

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Reacting to the game as related by monza-news.it, the Nigerian though admitted the toughness of the league but said he was enjoying playing there.

“Definitely, the second half was better,” Lookman said.

“I think we created many more chances in the second half; we played much better. And we won the game.

“I am enjoying Italian football. It’s tough; it’s a tough football: I’m adapting more and more, and I’m working hard to improve.”

On the second goal awarded to Barbosa, he said, “I think the 2-0 goal is mine. I repeat, the goal is mine. But what matters is that we have taken the three points and that we are first.

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“It is the most important thing to have 13 points and to be in the lead. We are winning and we are there. It is a testament to our work on the pitch and our daily training, our desire to improve and strive to be better.”

 

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