Australian teenager Gian Mendez has been snapped up by Spanish club Valencia.
The 15-year old attacking midfielder has joined Los Che‚Äôs youth academy on a three-year deal with the option for an extra 12 months.
Gian‚Äôs father, former Socceroos midfielder Gabriel ‚ÄėChi Chi‚Äô Mendez, insists his son will continue to work hard in order to make it at the top with Valencia.
‚ÄúThe club has been quite impressed with his performances and believe he can one day make the transition into the first-grade squad,‚ÄĚ said Mendez.
‚ÄúSince making the move to Europe, he now understands that ability alone is nowhere near enough.
‚ÄúCompared to the leagues back home in Australia, everything is done 10 times faster.
‚ÄúHis whole game has gone to another level, professionalism, pressurising opponents, fitness, first touch under extreme pressure, strength.‚ÄĚ
His agent, Andy Bernal, added: ‚ÄúHis style of play certainly suits Spanish football and the way they like to play the game and he joins an academy that have produced number 10s like (Juan) Mata and (David) Silva, so it‚Äôs a very exciting time for him.‚ÄĚ
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