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  Tuesday, 18 June, 2002, 11:46 GMT 12:46 UK
Aghahowa 'not for sale'
Julius Aghahowa takes on Ashley Cole and Paul Scholes
Aghahowa (centre) scored Nigeria's only World Cup goal
Nigeria striker Julius Aghahowa looks set to remain with Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk for at least another season, despite mounting interest from various high-profile European clubs.

Aghahowa was the only scorer for the Super Eagles at the World Cup, netting against Sweden in the 2-1 defeat that put his side out of the tournament.

But despite suggestions that Aghahowa may be joining the likes of Juventus, Barcelona or Arsenal, Shakhtar president Renat Akhmetov told local media: "Our goal is to qualify for the Champions League, therefore we want to keep our best players."

Akhmetov was asked if he would accept a bid of $15m for the striker, but replied: "He will stay at Shakhtar for that money because I know that he is worth a lot more."

Shakhtar bought Aghahowa for $4m from Tunisian club Esperance in 2000, although the player himself has frequently expressed his desire to go on to a bigger club.

"Ukraine is a stepping stone for me. When I joined Shakhtar, I had in mind I needed to get used to the European system. I would like to play in England, Spain or France," he was quoted as saying earlier this year.

"But England is my first option because I speak the language and it would be easy for me to settle down there."

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