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"i expected to playing in the starting team within a couple of weeks, i was a really confident kid": daniel arzani
listen to daniel arzani discuss starting off at melbourne city
Melbourne City winger Daniel Arzani believes the catalyst to his success so far as a footballer has been his love of playing the game.
Arzani told Chris Appleford and Domenic Barba on FNR_Football Nation Radio’s School of Football it was only when he was invited to the AIS where he realised the possibility of playing professionally.
“When a lot of kids start playing they are told they have to achieve certain things but for me I just played, I never thought I was particularly amazing,” Arzani said.
Arzani was recruited by Melbourne City after impressing in the U17 FIFA World Cup and was introduced to a “different world” as a professional footballer.
“To be honest, I expected to be playing in the starting team within a couple of weeks as a 17-year-old, I was a really confident kid and thought I could do it,” Arzani said.
Upon his arrival at Melbourne City Arzani caught the attention of Tim Cahill who mentored the then 17-year-old during their time together.
“Tim[Cahill] is a great guy, he helped me a lot by believing me and telling me to be patient,” Arzani said.
When asked about his own style of play, Arzani says he took inspiration from Ronaldinho and how the Brazilian legend “always played with a smile on his face.”
Arzani has made 15 league appearances for Melbourne City since joining in 2016.
School of Football airs every Tuesday from 7pm (AEDT) hosted by Chris Appleford and Domenic Barba on FNR_Football Nation Radio.
listen to the full interview here