Borghetti was the coach who threw him into Novara's youth team after convincing the club to sign him from Boavista.
"Above all, he had a great personality which is what distinguishes him now that he is playing football at top levels," he told Gazzetta dello Sport.
"As far as I know, we were the only club that wanted to sign him at that time and he immediately accepted our offer.
"He worked hard, trying to learn Italian right away. He joined the group and was immediately welcomed because he was able to establish good relationships with his teammates.
"He had excellent relations with all the figures inside Novarello."
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