Josh Maja

Bordeaux striker Josh Maja says he turned down offers for a move to the English Premier League before joining Bordeaux in France.

He added that his movement to the Ligue 1 side from Sunderland would help in his development and improvement as a player. The former Fulham youth player said his move to France was to get regular playing time. The one-cap Super Eagles striker said family considerations also helped him in making up his mind to join the French side.

In an interview with The Chronicle Live, the 21-year-old, who has featured for the Les Girondins 21 times this season, scoring six goals, said he was convinced France was the right place for him as a young player.

He said, “My arrival at FCGB? The main reason for coming to Bordeaux and France was that I could save playing time there to improve.

“Here, there was an opportunity and, looking at the French championship, I saw there were a lot of chances for young players.

“I also had offers from the Premier League, Germany and Italy, but I wanted to choose the right option for myself and my family.

“I know that few young players manage to play regularly in the Premier League, so it was important to go abroad and save playing time elsewhere. I felt that way.

“The game in France is different, more tactical, more study of the game but a slower pace. Creating a lot of chances in matches is hard because it plays more defensively, but it suits my game better.”