Nelson reveals Per Mertesacker's opinion: "It's not always about football"
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Last updated: 03/21/19 8:32
The OL21 and Arsenal midfielder Reiss Nelson said Callum Hudson-Odoi's rapid rise is fueling his motivation for success.
Nelson, 19, was impressed in his first months of seasonal loan on the Bundesliga Hoffenheim team, scoring six goals in his first four months.
But while Jadon Sancho was labeled "one of the greatest talents we've seen here" by Borussia Dortmund fans, Nelson fought for game time in 2019.
Callum Hudson-Odoi was speeded up to join Sancho in the senior England team for the European opening qualifying despite not having started a Premier League match for Chelsea yet.
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And Nelson is using Hudson-Odoi's journey to guide himself.
"I played against him in the youth league when he was at Chelsea," Nelson said Sky Sports News. "He's my friend, so you want to go too.
"It's very stimulating, it just wants you to push even harder, train even harder and get to that level."
Nelson says German football was good for him, "not just on the field, off the field".
It is something that the new director of the Arsenal Academy, Per Mertesacker, keeps reminding him.
"I'm learning a different culture," Nelson said. "I'm looking at the environment.
"For he was very direct with me, telling me that it is not always about football, sometimes he is off the pitch.
"He tells me you're learning a new language, a new environment, keeping up with your performances."
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