Saturday February 3 2018
Agent: 'Why Pellegri chose Monaco'

Pietro Pellegri’s agent explains why the 16-year-old Genoa sensation snubbed Juventus for Monaco. “There’s more room for young players here.”

The striker became the most expensive 16-year-old in history after his transfer to Monaco for circa €25m.

“He is a young player and the club has invested in his future as well as the present,” agent Beppe Riso told Footmercato.

“Despite all of this, he feels no pressure. Monaco can wait six months, a year, the important thing is that he progresses. Pietro has the mentality of a winner. He wants to work ceaselessly in order to improve and grow.”

Juventus had a deal with Genoa, but Pellegri then opted for Monaco instead.

“We thought this was the best option for the player’s progress. Monaco are specialists at getting the best out of young players and that is the main reason why we chose them. It’s a well-organised club with a great Coach like Leonardo Jardim. Pietro can certainly grow with his guidance.

“We didn’t say no to other interested clubs, rather we simply said yes to Monaco for various reasons. There’s more room for young players here and that allows talents to express themselves more freely.

“Monaco were clear on their working method with Pietro and the Coach knows how to help make champions.”

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