Super Eagles’ midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi is enmeshed in a controversial affair with an Italian lady who claimed she was the reason the Lazio player decided to play in the Italian Serie A last season.
The lady, Ylenia Negri was quoted in an interview with an Italian website, Calciomercato.com, that she and the Nigerian star are in love, revealing some intimate things about the midfielder.
She claimed that Onazi changed his plans to leave Lazio at the end of the previous season because he was not getting enough playing time, but changed his mind due to his ‘new girl friend’.
Although Onazi has vehemently denied all claimes by the Italian model, but could not debunk knowing the lady as he merely said that someone was trying to take advantage of him.
Negri said in the interview that Onazi is very religious and social. According to her, the player is very enthusiastic about winning something for both his club and country.
The lady, who is also an ardent supporter of Lazio said the Onazi was very unsettled at the club and he even considered leaving the Copa Italia Cup winners during last winter transfer window because of lack of playing time, but the hard-fighting player jettisoned the plan after becoming a consistent figure in the club starting line-up.
“When he moved from the junior team to the first team, he was a little bit disappointed because he did not play often; but this time he is happy, because he started to play more time. He is now very happy because he has won two trophies.
“He is very religious. He is a type who likes to laugh, joke often, he is very sociable. With me he is very sweet, and he called me ‘small wife’. He loves music, especially that of Africa, and also listens to Bob Marley. So, he is a normal guy,” she claimed.
The lady even spoke about how he felt when he was handed an opportunity to play at the last Africa Nations Cup
“For him it was a dream come true. For a 20 year old that debuted and won the African Nations Cup, I thank God very much for him. According to him all that he has achieved is by the Lord.”
However, Onazi dismissed the words of his alleged lover, insisting that the two of them are not in any affairs as the girl claimed.
“I don’t have any girlfriend in Italy. Whoever that is making the claim is wasting her time. I did not discuss if am staying or leaving Lazio with anybody. My future is in the hands of God,” he said.
He added that somebody was trying to take advantage of him.
“When you try to be nice to people, they take advantage of you. I now understand,” he said.