Arsenal target and USA high school starlet Gedion Zelalem is hoping to ply his international trade with America in the future.
The 14-year-old Walter Johnson High School starlet was born in Germany before moving to the States in 2006, and an invitation to join the Arsenal academy on his 16th birthday has already been placed on the player's table after a successful trial period with the club.
The player's father, Woldyes Zelalem, said: “Arsenal felt like family, so we thought, ‘Why not?’
"Gedion said to me, ‘Papa, I want to go to Arsenal.’
“For him to become a professional at Arsenal, it would be a gift.”
In a separate interview with The Washington Post, the player's father went on to say that national team coach Juergen Klinsmann had played a big part in his deciding who he wants to represent at international level.
“It’s a possibility to play for the U.S. in the future. He likes the way Klinsmann is doing things. He is very happy to go to camp again. We’ll see what happens.”
Even if the teenager plays for USA, his German citizenship means a work permit, so often a stumbling block when English clubs try to sign non-EU players, will not be an issue to Arsenal.
“It’s a dream for me. I’ve always wanted it. I’ve gotten the opportunity, and I’m going to take it,” said the player himself.
Gunners fans should take note of the Freddy Adu story before getting over-excited in relation to the player, with the American teenager built-up as a future superstar during his teenage years. He has played for eight clubs already, and is 22-years-old.
Arsene Wenger will be well aware of the pressures on young players, but with one of the best academies in Europe, Arsenal will be hoping to eventually nurture the young player's talent over time.