Wales winger Rabbi Matondo thinks he can imitate Jadon Sancho and make a major impression in the Bundesliga.
Matondo followed England adolescent Sancho, who has scored 16 goals in 55 appearances for Borussia Dortmund in swapping the Premier League for Germany once he joined Schalke in January in an # 11m move, since he moved in 2017.
Even the 19-year-old scored his very first Schalke goal at RB Leipzig in the triumph before he was invited into Ryan Giggs Wales squad for the Qualifiers from Slovakia and Croatia.
It is only 1 goal and it is just my very first beginning of the season, said Matondo.
But hopefully I can get many more moments this year and bring about goals and assists and help the team climb the table.
When I can do and he (Sancho) has completed thus far I will be very satisfied.
He is a great player. Ive always known that because being at Manchester City with him how good he can be and how good hell be. Hopefully he will help me too.
Jadon did not make me go to Germany, but of course hes doing this well there and when it came around I thoughtwhy not?
It was not that I couldnt find a pathway (in City), I think in myself. Of course at Manchester City its tough — of the players are players.
But it was more that I had the opportunity to play and go first-team football and in that time I did not have that at Manchester City.
Therefore I chose to play first-team football, and so I took the chance.
Matondo, half a year younger than Sancho, never produced a first-team look and just turned 19 last month.
The winger, who was labelled the player at City after beating the likes of Leroy Sane, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling in rate tests, has just produced two starts for Schalke.
But he insists his career is going in the ideal direction under the advice of Huddersfield head coach David Wagner.
I have still got a whole lot to improve and understand but Im satisfied with how things are moving, said Matondo, who currently includes three Wales caps after making his debut last November.
Hopefully there will be a lot more minutes for Schalke this season and hopefully that will encourage me to perform more for Wales.
When I was younger I always believed in myself. I thought: youll be playing in a great level when you are 17, 18, 19.
That is what I am doing at the moment. We shall see (about the future), but Ill give it my all
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