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Chiezdozie Ogbene Non-Committal On Rotherham Future Amid Championship Interest

Chiezdozie Ogbene Non-Committal On Rotherham Future Amid Championship Interest
By Gary Connaughton

Chiedozie Ogbene has had quite the 12 months.

Having made his debut for Ireland in June of last year, he has since gone on to establish himself as a key player in Stephen Kenny's side. At club level, he has helped Rotherham United to EFL Trophy glory at Wembley Stadium and promotion to the Championship.

At 25-year old, his career is very much on the up.

Ogbene will be looking forward to featuring regularly in the English second flight next season, although what club that will be at remains to be seen. The winger has been strongly linked with a move to Swansea City in recent weeks.

The player has 12 months remaining on his contract, with Rotherham triggering an option to extend his deal to the summer of 2023. However, they may well consider offers for his services in the weeks ahead in order to avoid losing him for nothing next year.

Speaking to Virgin Media, Chiedozie Ogbene admitted that while he was very happy at Rotherham, he would find it difficult to turn down the opportunity should a bigger club come knocking in the months ahead.

I will be with Rotherham in Croatia, we will be on pre-season there and I'll do all the tests and link up with my teammates. That's how it stands right now.

They have activated my extension year, which I'm quite happy about to be honest with you. The success we have had in the last 12 months, the players that have been there, the coaches that have helped me get to the national team is quite special.

My agent and I are working hard to see what happens...

I always like to sit down with the manager and see where the platform is for me. I'm quite ambitious and want to get to the next level, whether that be with Rotherham, I want to get to the highest level.

I'm looking for an opportunity to help me and lead me to where I want to be. Obviously it will be difficult if there is a big club that could give me the platform to where I want to be.

As of now, Rotherham have done well to give me the platform of where I am now. I'm excited to see where it may take me.

Swansea would certainly be an interesting move for Ogbene, where he would link up with fellow Irish internationals Ryan Manning and Michael Obafemi. They are a club who consistently compete towards the top of the division and will harbour promotion hopes going into next season.

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It will certainly be a big few weeks ahead for the former Cork City man, starting with Ireland's four UEFA Nations League fixtures next month.

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