Michael Kayode Set to Reject Nigeria and Arsenal for Italy and Fiorentina

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Michael Kayode Set to Reject Nigeria and Arsenal for Italy and Fiorentina

Ayoola Kelechi 21:14 - 29.02.2024

Kayode has been a revelation for Fiorentina since joining the first team as a regular this season

Michael Kayode, the 19-year-old sensation at Fiorentina, is making headlines for his decisive career choices after reportedly choosing to remain with Fiorentina in the Serie A over a move to the Premier League.

Despite the attention from several Premier League clubs, including Arsenal, and the possibility of representing Nigeria's Super Eagles, Kayode appears set to continue his journey in Italy with Fiorentina and eyes a potential call-up to the Italian national team.

 Rising Star at Fiorentina

Kayode has been a revelation for Fiorentina this season, securing regular playing time at the Stadio Franchi despite his tender age. Since making his debut in the season opener against Genoa, the promising Italian defender has racked up 25 appearances across all competitions, showcasing his talent and versatility on the field. His milestone first Serie A goal came in a 2-1 victory over Lazio, a moment that not only marked his personal achievement but also underscored his growing importance to the team.

The road to success hasn't been without its hurdles for Kayode. A significant injury had sidelined him, casting doubts over his immediate future with the squad. However, according to Andrea Ritorni, a member of Kayode's representation team, the young defender has fully recovered and is in top physical and mental shape. "He had a bad injury that forced him out of action for a while... Now I can say he is 100% fit. He feels well physically and mentally," Ritorni told RadioFirenzeViola.

National Team Ambitions

Marco Domenichini, Italy's assistant coach under Luciano Spalletti, witnessed Kayode's performance and his first Serie A goal firsthand, further fueling speculation about a potential call-up to the national team. 

Such a development would cement Kayode's commitment to Italy and end any speculation about him playing for Nigeria. 

"A call from the national team would be the missing piece. Michael dreams of his call every day," his agent remarked, highlighting the defender's aspirations to represent Italy on the international stage.

Staying Loyal to Fiorentina

Despite the interest from Arsenal and other Premier League giants, Kayode's commitment to Fiorentina remains unwavering. His contract, extending until June 2028 with an option for an additional season, reflects both the club's faith in his abilities and his satisfaction with the current arrangement. "Fiorentina must not be worried. There’s a contract and Michael is happy in this club and in this team," Ritorni confirmed. The assurance comes amidst acknowledgment of the interest from England, emphasizing the mutual respect and plans between Kayode and Fiorentina.

Michael Kayode's decision to stay with Fiorentina and his aspirations to don the Italian jersey represent a significant statement of intent from the young defender. As he continues to develop and shine in Serie A, the football world will undoubtedly be watching closely, anticipating his contributions to both club and potentially country. For now, Kayode's journey with La Viola and his dream of playing for Italy are firmly on course, setting an exciting trajectory for his blossoming career.