By Danny Wright
Henry Onyekuru has revealed that Celtic were interested in signing him this summer but has confessed that it was his “destiny” to move to the Premier League with Everton.
After completing his £7million switch from Belgian side Eupen, Onyekuru, 20, has since been sent to Brussels-based club Anderlecht on loan and will be playing against Brendan Rodgers’ side in the Champions League group stages over the coming months.
While he admits that it is an honour to have attracted attention from the Scottish champions, the Nigeria international has made it clear that he will not be holding back against them when the two sides come to blows this season.
“I knew of the interest from Celtic but it was my destiny to join Everton,” said Onyekuru, as quoted by the Daily Record.
“I’m really happy that a club like Celtic were interested in me. But I still need to improve as a player and I can do that at Anderlecht before hopefully playing in the Premier League.”
He added: “PSG and Bayern are obviously the favourites to qualify but Celtic is also a complicated opponent for us.
“Anderlecht’s results have been up and down recently but this squad is prepared to fight in Europe.
“I won’t have extra motivation for the matches with Celtic. For me, I treat every match like a cup final and I’ll be searching for my best performance against them.”
Onyekuru grabbed the headlines Belgium last season as he turned into Eupen’s lethal goal machine by scoring 24 goals and supplying nine assists in 41 appearances across all competitions.
Celtic had attempted to sign the attacker in the January transfer window but after the player went AWOL from training at Eupen, he ended up staying there to finish off the campaign.
Since signing for Anderlecht, Onyekuru is yet to find the back of the net in five appearances in all contests, however he has only been playing on wing so far while last term he alternating between playing out wide or as a striker.
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