Yobo: Adaeze Behind My Norwich Move

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Super Eagles captain Joseph Yobo has revealed the “huge sacrifice” he has made leaving his family over 1,500 miles away in Turkey to aid Norwich's survival bid was sanctioned by his wife, Adaeze. And the Nigerian defender believes his personal upheaval will pay off by helping the Canaries stay up and booking his World Cup place. Yobo is on loan from Fenerbahce until the summer - but he's had to leave his beautiful wife and four-year-old son, Joey, in Istanbul. Yobo has impressed for the struggling Canaries since a January loan from Fenerbahce –including a clean sheet against Manchester City. But the 6ft 2in ex-Everton stopper is missing stunning wife Adaeze and four-year-old son Joey back in Turkey. He was loathe to uproot them as they are settled near Istanbul, where he has another year left on his contract. But Yobo wanted regular games after losing his place at Fenerbahce following a knee injury at the start of this season. “I have made huge sacrifices. Speaking to my family, I didn't want to leave them, it was very difficult. My family is missing out on a lot of things going on right now. It was a very hard decision to make but sometimes you have to look after your career, it wasn't about money, ''he told the Mirror of England. “The Premier League is the best league in the world and my priority is keeping Norwich up. The World Cup was also coming and I needed to play. “But my little boy is wondering why I moved. His birthday is coming up next month. It is something I never want to miss. “It is the first time I am staying anywhere without him. But my missus played a big part in this. She knows I can still do it when I am fully fit. “She saw the frustration when you think you should be in the team and you are not. She wants me to push my career and is going to do her best to take care of the family in my absence.” Yobo claims to have loved his time in Turkey, where he won the title once, two cups and played in the Champions League and Europa League. It fulfilled his ambitions of finally earning silverware after leaving Goodison with plenty of respect but no medals. The stopper insisted: “My main priority is Norwich, the World Cup after that.''

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