Torino and Super Eagles defender Ola Aina is back in the English Premier League, AclSports can confirm. Aina has put pen to paper on a season-long loan deal with the newly-promoted outfit, Fulham football club from Serie A side, Torino.
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“The Club is delighted to confirm the signing of Ola Aina on a season-long loan from Torino, ” the club confirmed through a statement on their website.
Speaking on the move, Sporting Director Tony Khan says the club is pleased with their latest signing and confirmed Aina’s loan includes an option to make it permanent.
“I’m pleased to announce the arrival of Ola Aina to Fulham on loan from Torino. Ola is an exciting young player who can further strengthen our squad this season in the Premier League.”
“Our loan agreement, we’ve secured an option for a permanent transfer for Ola to potentially remain at Fulham if this season proves to be a good fit for us, ” he added.
The versatile defender, who can play at both fullback positions is excited to be back “home” in the Premier League and can’t wait to help the club in their bid to remain in the league.
“I feel very excited and privileged to be able to play for a Club like this, ” he told FFCTv.
“It feels amazing to be back closer to my family, back in the capital where I was born and raised.
The 23-year-old’s return means he will face his former club, Chelsea, where it all began for him as a young lad, coming through the ranks, winning two FA Youth Cups – including the 2014 Final against Fulham – before going on to make just six appearances for the first team in the 2016/17 season.
Aina would spend the next two seasons on loan, first at Hull City before moving to Torino who signed him permanently in 2019 and he went on to feature 32 times in the Serie A with two assists to his name.
He has represented Nigeria’s Super Eagles 14 times, and was part of the Eagles team that finished third at last year’s Africa Cup of Nations.