Max Meyer has revealed former Tottenham Hotspur star Kevin-Prince Boateng is a role model for himself.
Quoted in Bild, the 18-year-old has revealed that Kevin-Prince Boateng is one of his main idols at FC Schalke and a role model for him at the Bundesliga club.
“It’s an advantage for me – it makes it a lot of fun – he is a role model for me,” the teenager is simply quoted as saying.
There has been plenty of talk in recent days over a potential summer move from one of the big English sides for the 18-year-old attacking midfielder who has a €25.5 million buy out clause in his current contract.
The profile and the pressure that would go hand in hand with a big money transfer is something which could force him to turn to Boateng as a role model and to others he respects and admires at the German club.
Boateng has the experience of two spells in English football with Tottenham between 2007 and 2009 and Portsmouth between 2009 and 2010.
He can offer advice on the pressure, pace, aggression and strength of Premier League football while offering an insight into life in English football and the pressure that comes along with the media.
He can also offer advice on where he feels Meyer would be best suited to in England in terms of the clubs interested in him.
Meyer is a real talent and someone who has already played for Germany at three different levels of youth team football. He’s a big boy and a move away shouldn’t daunt him but his close relationship with Boateng means the former Tottenham man will more than likely get the chance to offer his advice.
Whether that works for Arsenal or Chelsea remains to be seen.
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