The Nigeria international, who won the African Cup of Nations this year, admits to being star-struck training alongside some of his continent's greatest.
"These are players that fans adore in Africa. And training alongside the big names, the likes of [Frank] Lampard and [Fernando] Torres is really, really good. I get to test myself and find out if I'm really ready.
"Eto'o, Essien, John Mikel Obi, Demba Ba, they always say well done. The encouragement from these big players has been really good.
"Every player jokes with everyone, it doesn't matter how old you are and that's important for a young player.
"Recently I was with Essien at his place, I met his family - it's really nice outside football to get some advice from the other senior players."
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