Nigerian Super Eagles winger Victor Moses has declared that he wants to stay at Inter Milan for the long haul ‘to win with Antonio Conte and the fans’
“I love football, it’s been my passion since I was a child,” Moses wrote in Inter’s Matchday programme ahead of their Serie A against Sassuolo.
“It’s in my blood and what I love doing. The turning point of my career came when I made my debut with Crystal Palace when I was 16.
“I entered the pitch and the atmosphere was incredible. It made me think that football was my reason for living, something where I could give everything with 100 percent commitment.”
He plays as a winger on either flank for Serie A club Inter Milan, on loan from Premier League club Chelsea.
Moses began his career in the Championship with Crystal Palace, before his performances caught the eye of Wigan Athletic, where he made his Premier League debut in 2010.
After two years, his game had improved to the extent that European champions Chelsea were interested, and he signed for them in the summer of 2012. Despite ten goals in all competitions during his first season, he spent his second season on loan to Liverpool, his third on loan at Stoke City and his fourth on loan at West Ham United.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, the son of a Christian pastor. When he was 11, his parents were killed in religious riots in Kaduna when rioters invaded their home. Moses was playing football in the street at the time. A week later, after being hidden by friends, his relatives paid for him to travel to the UK to claim asylum.
He was placed with a foster family in South London. He attended Stanley Technical High School (now known as the Harris Academy) in South Norwood. Scouted playing football in the local Tandridge League for Cosmos 90 FC, Crystal Palace approached him, with the club’s Selhurst Park stadium just streets away from his school.
Offered a place in the Eagles’ academy, Palace recommended him to the fee-paying Whitgift School in Croydon, where former Arsenal and Chelsea star Colin Pates was coaching the school football team.
Moses first came to prominence at 14 after scoring 50 goals for Palace’s under-14s side. Playing for three years in both Whitgift and Palace, Moses scored over 100 goals as well as helping Whitgift win many School Cups, including a National Cup, where Moses scored all five goals in the final against Healing School of Grimsby at the Walkers Stadium, Leicester.
He has also represented England youth teams at under-16, under-17, under-19 and under-21 levels, but opted to play for Nigeria as opposed to being fully capped for England. He has gained over 35 caps for Nigeria since his debut in 2012 and played in their winning campaign at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, as well as the campaign in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Moses also has kind words for Antonio.
“He’s a great man and coach, I know his methods well. He wants the best from his players and that’s the main reason I’m here because I’ve worked with him and I know what he wants: he just wants us to go out there, work hard and have fun while putting our idea of football into practice.
“Obviously, that’s what I want to do, to win with him, this team and fantastic club. I already knew Lukaku, Young and Eriksen. They’re all fantastic guys and we’re all rowing in the same direction.
“Inter is a huge club with incredible fans.” he said.