O’KANE’S IN NO RUSH TO LEAVE THE CHERRIES
BOURNEMOUTH’S in-form Eunan O’Kane has insisted he wasn’t fazed by the speculation over his future after being linked with several Premier League clubs before the transfer window shut.
Aston Villa, Norwich City, Fulham and Swansea were all thought to be in the hunt for the diminutive midfielder.
The 23-year-old has starred for Bournemouth in the Championship this season and showed that he could more than hold his own against Premier League opposition in last weekend’s FA Cup defeat at the hands of Liverpool.
He has 18 months left on the contract that he signed when he joined Bournemouth from Torquay in July 2012 and is more than happy with Eddie Howe’s men.
He said: “There is no reason why I would want to leave here.
“I am no different to any other player and the Premier League is where I want to get to.
“Hopefully, at some stage in my career, I will get the chance to play against that calibre of player on a regu- lar basis. But ultimately, I would like that to be with Bournemouth.
“I think everything is set up here for us to go places and I know the chairman, the manager and the players want to get there.
“I didn’t feel overly out of my depth against Liverpool and it was a great experience to face a top quality team.
“Their side was packed with very good players and in no way am I suggesting I am ready to play at that level.
“That would be something for other people to decide, not me.”
O'Kane’s other main target is to win a senior cap for Republic of Ireland and he added: “It would be an honour to one day represent the Republic of Ireland.That’s a big aim for me.”
HAPPY: Eunan O’Kane