Villarreal forward Samuel Chukwueze has expressed delight after winning the African MVP Award for the just-concluded 2022/23 La Liga season.

Over 30.000 fans from all across the continent and 26 African football journalists voted for the LaLiga African best player.

The Super Eagles winger had a fantastic season for the Yellow Submarine, scoring 13 goals and providing 11 assists in all competitions and playing in 37 of the 38 La Liga matches, as his brilliant performances propelled Villarreal to a spot in European competition next season.

The Nigeria international thanked Villarreal manager Quique Setién and teammates for their support.

“I feel so happy to win this award,” Chukwueze said.

“I’ve worked very hard this season, but I want to thank my teammates for making it possible. Without them this wouldn’t have been possible for me… and the coach [Quique Setién] too. When the coach believes in you, and gives you the confidence to play and enjoy yourself, it really motivates you.

“But I think I can still do more,” he added. “I want to continue working hard. I’m still young, so I’m still learning. This is just the beginning.”

The 24-year-old beat off stiff competition from Athletic Club forward  Iñaki Williams and Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou to win the award.

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