Amad Diallo has been told what he needs to do in order to “survive” at Manchester United.
United have just completed the signing of the highly rated teenager from Italian side Atalanta in a deal that is worth up to £37.2million.
The 18-year-old winger has emerged as one of the brightest prospects in European football, despite only having played 59 minutes in Serie A.
A BBC Sport feature, meanwhile, compares the signing with that of one Cristiano Ronaldo, when he joined United from Sporting Lisbon in 2003.
The article also quotes Denis Cerlini, who was Diallo’s youth coach at amateur club Boca Barco in Italy.
“We didn’t discover Amad, but rather he just came to us. It was a great stroke of luck,” Cerlini told BBC Sport.
“From the very first moment, it was evident the kid was special. He was very bold and quick, possessed great technique and a strong shot, and executed everything at great speed.
“Amad was popular in the dressing room. He made a lot of friends, learned Italian and seemed to be a very determined guy who knew exactly what he wanted.”
Diallo was later spotted by former Italy goalkeeper Giovanni Galli, who is quoted as saying: “A friend asked me to take a look at two guys – Amad and his older brother Hamed Junior Traore, who plays for Sassuolo nowadays.
“I worked at Lucchese in the third division at the time, and invited them for a trial with our youngsters.
“I quickly saw they were simply too good for us. Amad played with bigger boys and drove them insane with his dribbling.
“Therefore, I made a few calls to Serie A clubs in order to tell them about the guys.
“At Atalanta, I spoke to the sporting director Gabriele Zamagna, and they duly signed Amad.”
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Of course, Diallo, will not yet be the finished article – and there may be one or two areas in particular where his game needs improving.
“Physically, Amad wasn’t the strongest at Boca Barco, and his heading abilities aren’t good,” said Cerlini.
Meanwhile, Galli added: “He must add a few kilograms of weight in order to survive in the Premier League.”