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Simy insists on Crotone stay despite interest from top European sides

Super Eagles forward, Simy Nwankwo has declared his readiness to remain with already relegated Crotone shortly after notching up his 20th Serie A goal of the season in the 1-1 draw against Benevento on Sunday.

The 29-year-old has caught the attention of top European sides following his outstanding individual campaign but the Nigerian is looking to honour his contract which expires in 2022.

Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, he said: “I’ve been in Italy for five years, the toughest league in the world for a striker. Crotone is a fantastic place, the people and club have given me everything and this is the best moment of my career. I think now the time has come to give even more.”

Simone Inzaghi’s Benevento were hoping for the three points to help their fight against relegation and deservedly led 1-0 until a late Simy Nwankwo equaliser.

 “There is always motivation. It might’ve been different, as Benevento were seeking safety, but we are professionals and must never let anything go,” the Super Eagles striker explained.

“We didn’t take our foot off the gas in training and we won’t do it in the game either. We never stopped believing today and continued looking for a goal to the very end. What I can assure the fans is that this team never put their feet up, never shirked responsibility.

“In football the result isn’t always what you want, but in the end we take responsibility for everything and know that if we’re in the bottom three, that is also partly our own fault.”

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