Former Super Eagles midfielder, Mutiu Adepoju said on Saturday that he regretted not playing for the Real Madrid senior team when he was signed by the La Liga Club after his escapade in FIFA Under-21 Saudi 1989.
Adepoju, popularly called the headmaster said that he was signed by the Spanish giant, following his good performance at the Saudi 89 tournament and was put in the junior team of Real Madrid to mature for the big stage.
After a season with the junior team, Adepoju said that he emerged the club top scorer, which gave him the opportunity to play for Real Madrid but the policy in Spanish League debarred him from lacing his boots for the senior side.
According to him, only three foreigners were allowed to play for Real Madrid at the time and for a young boy of 19 years to break into the senior team then was difficult.
He said, ‘The senior team really wanted me having seeing my performance at the junior level but the policy would not allow so I was loaned to Real Sociedad where I gained my professional experience.’
Adepoju spent 20 years in Spain and according to him the league exposed him so much that he later became second best player in the 1992 African Cup of Nations behind Abedi Pele of Ghana.
Adepoju recalled how he played key roles in the golden era of 1994 squad that conquered Africa and later became the fifth best in world.
“We played the qualifying matches for the 1994 World Cup and went on to USA to play good football. I was a member of the team and I’m happy to have played along great players like Austin JJ Okocha, Rasidi Yekni and Peter Rufai.