Arsenal youngstar, Reiss Nelson has said that Hoffenheim manager, Julian Nagelsmann’s reputation for playing young players was his main reason for joining the German team on loan.
Nelson, had an outstanding performance during the pre-season at the Emirates under new manager Unai Emery, but decided to move to the Bundesliga outfit in search of regular playing time.
The 18-year-old had an impressive start in his new team, scoring two goals in four appearances, and was also rewarded with an England Under-21 call-up for the team’s clashes with Andorra and Scotland.
Nelson has now revealed that he did not hand in a loan request, but he was persuaded once Nagelsmann’s interest became known.
“A loan wasn’t always my first option, but when I heard the Bundesliga and Hoffenheim was an option for me and working with the manager there, it was something I wanted to do,” Nelson told theFA website.
“Julian’s a great manager and he’s got belief in young players so it’s a good place for me to go and play.
“He’s [Nagelsmann] very young, he’s only 31 and I think it’s important to go to a team and a coach who believes in you, so he was the main reason because he is willing to play us.”