Ag. Musah to CM: ‘From Castelfranco to the World Cup. Juve tried, now all the big names in Serie A want | First page
From New York to Qatar, by London, Valencia and … Castelfranco Veneto. This is the methodology of Yunus Musa, Valencia is certainly one of the most fun abilities who will participate in the subsequent World Cup. Only 19 years previous, he’ll play in Qatar with the United States shirt, however there have been many Italians in his previous. To know extra about his historical past, Calciomercato.com requested Musah’s agent, Giacomo Guidolin (pictured with Yunus and brother Abdul).
Guidolin, are you able to inform us the way you met Musah?
I’ve been following him since he was 12. I had simply began my profession as an assistant dwelling in London. One day my brother, who coached Giorgione’s youth workforce (Castelfranco sports activities membership, ed) advised me that certainly one of his boys was about to transfer to England. “See Yunus coming. Keep up with him, he’s robust“, He repeated to me. As quickly as he arrived in London, he began taking part in in the park and noticed, inside just a few weeks, with Chelsea and Arsenal. Both invited him to do analysis, the household determined Shooters as a result of he lived in East London, the place it was simple to go to the theater.
Predestination, then. Did you instantly acknowledge Musah’s traits?
I nonetheless bear in mind spending Sundays on buses in North London to get chilly Hale End, the place Arsenal’s children prepare, to see this younger man. I instantly realized that it was totally different from the others, it was superb. Not a lot, or not, for its ability, however for the spirit, the engine it had. Seeing such younger youngsters is troublesome, I typically thought: “Who makes me do that?“. But I advised myself to maintain on as a result of I knew he was going to come out, he had one thing particular. I used to be shut to the household, who moved from New York, the place Yunus was born, first to Castelfranco after which to London, and a particular relationship was rapidly established with them.
Can you inform us about your relationship?
Yunus is a 360 diploma actor, due to his household, his research, he’s all the time smiling. They are a pleasure to work with. He did not ask for something, every thing he obtained was due to his work, I simply supplied my assist. The first necessary step in his improvement was the England Under 15 call-up, so his progress began from there.
After the English youth groups, the number of the United States, the place they are going to play in the World Cup. Can you inform us the way you made this resolution?
This was an important step. Yunus additionally understands English, he did every thing in the youth faculty there, he has many pals in totally different teams of the nation. But he actually preferred the challenge of the US coach Gregg Berhalter who created a multi-ethnic workforce, like him. With the USA having the alternative to play in the World Cup at a really younger age, he made his debut in the senior nationwide workforce at the age of 17, a transparent challenge was proven to us the place he may play, now he’s in the center with McKennie from. Juventus and Tyler Adams from Leeds, a trio that complement one another nicely. The invitation to the World Cup was a really robust emotion, which is troublesome to describe in the present day. I hear loads about Bellingham and Musiala, however they’re the similar age as them, though they haven’t any Champions League expertise.
Was there a chance to play in Italy?
We have been in contact with the Federation, Yunus additionally has an Italian passport. But the dialogue stopped, the resolution was for the United States.
At membership stage, once more, necessary selections: I’m 16 years away from Arsenal in Valencia.
This was the first level that affected me the most: I satisfied his household to make the proper resolution, I understood that this was the greatest job to go to the first workforce as quickly as attainable, due to his soccer qualities, character, method. life is in Spain. After Italy and England, in Spain I knew it could be good: there it could be disastrous. The household desires to maintain him in England, it is exhausting to depart a youth membership like Arsenal. Yunus took accountability for this election, led by me and his brother Abdul, who have been all the time there, and wished to go. He didn’t agree to the Gunners’ contract and went goalless.
In Valencia he has now discovered Rino Gattuso. What is the relationship between the two?
Stupid. He speaks Italian with the coach, Gattuso has taken him below his wing and has come to love him when it comes to soccer. It provides him a malice and perception into his ways in which he did not have, the braveness to end the play. Gattuso is the greatest coach for him: he performs all the time, he by no means replaces him. Yunus can do every thing: at 6, 8 and 10, midfielder, midfielder and midfielder. He wants a little bit of braveness, however Gattuso brings it out.
Basi Gattuso, just a few months in the past, stated he was contacted by 20 groups who requested him for details about Musah…
I do not know which 20 groups are, I do know who known as me. But to depart Valencia he wants an necessary challenge, he has to go to play in the Champions League and the European competitors constantly.
In these hours there’s a number of speak about Inter’s curiosity in Musah. Was there any contact with the Nerazzurri?
I am unable to affirm or deny at this level. What is for certain is that Valencia rejected 25 million euros from the Premier League in the summer season. Now Yunus is taking part in in the beginning line-up, he’s going to the World Cup and he is aware of it may be an necessary present. Many big golf equipment are after him, particularly in Serie A, the place all the big names have an interest.
In the previous, was it attainable to return to Italy?
Yes, Juventus wished to signal him earlier than Valencia. The director of the recreation was Paratici, who labored with Pablo Longoria. The bianconeri could not get him away from Arsenal, so Longoria went to Valencia and took him there.
Is this the season of the big leap for Musa?
It’s exhausting to say now, Valencia desires to block and I do not suppose they are going to promote him for lower than 30/40 million subsequent summer season: he’ll nonetheless attempt to maintain, however he’s going through some figures that shall be troublesome to refuse. Last summer season Barcelona made one other inquiry, however the negotiations didn’t happen. So far I see Serie A and the Premier League as having the greatest future.