“I can’t join them” – £17m striker says he ‘never liked the Premier League’ after being linked with Chelsea move
Chelsea might encounter a challenge in luring Bayer Leverkusen striker Victor Boniface to Stamford Bridge this January. The prospect of a move for Boniface has emerged on Chelsea’s radar as a contingency plan, should their pursuit of Brentford’s Ivan Toney fall through, as reported by the Daily Mirror. However, Boniface’s sentiments about the Premier League reveal a potential stumbling block in the Blues’ ambitions.
In a candid revelation on The Obi One Podcast, the 23-year-old striker acknowledged that he has never harbored a strong affinity for the Premier League. Despite not outright rejecting the possibility of a move to England’s top flight, Boniface candidly expressed his preference for the playing styles of La Liga and the Bundesliga over the Premier League.
“To be honest with you, I never liked the Premier League. I just think it is not my style. I love to play in Spain or Germany. I’m not saying if it came at the right time for me to come to England I would say no,” shared Boniface on John Obi Mikel’s podcast. While not dismissing the idea of a move to the Premier League entirely, Boniface’s roots of admiration are firmly embedded in the footballing cultures of Spain and Germany, particularly due to their distinctive playing philosophies.
Despite this pronounced inclination, Boniface leaves a door ajar for a potential move to England, especially if the circumstances align favorably. The allure of a club of Chelsea’s stature could be a compelling factor, even if not rivaled by his dream destinations, Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Mikel, a Chelsea legend himself, has thrown his support behind his compatriot, envisioning Boniface as a complete striker. The intricate dance of transfer negotiations awaits Chelsea as they navigate the intricacies of Boniface’s preferences, weighing the allure of the Premier League against the striker’s entrenched admiration for the playing styles of Spain and Germany.