Newcastle's Yasin Ben El-Mhanni speaks about meeting Neymar

General view outside St James' Park

The Newcastle United youngster is making a name for himself.

General view outside St James' Park

Newcastle United new boy Yasin Ben El-Mhanni has revealed to The Mail that he once taught Barcelona superstar Neymar how do perform a few skills.

The highly-rated 20-year-old joined Newcastle last month after building a reputation for himself as one of YouTube's most impressive football freestylers.

Barcelona's Neymar

The Londoner featured for the Magpies' Under-21 side in Saturday's 3-0 win over Corby Town, which saw the youngster praised by coach Peter Beardsley who said he has "unbelievable ability".

During his career as a freestyler, El-Mhanni met the Brazil star and the Newcastle prospect has revealed the literally taught the Barcelona man a thing or two about skills.

Neymar scores the second goal for Barcelona

"I was doing some commercials for a company called Sports on Screen. I travelled to Barcelona to show Neymar how to do a couple of skills past players - just to demonstrate," he told The Mail.

"It was just something he couldn't do already. I said: "this is what you have to do past the players." It's always easier for someone to show you how to do something that tell you what it is."

He certainly seems to have plenty of talent, but talent alone is not enough to succeed in any line of work. El-Mhanni will need lots of hunger too and, coming from his footballing background, there is a big difference between a freestyler and a professional.

As much as Newcastle fans would like to see him this season, it seems unlikely. There is huge pressure on manager Rafael Benitez to deliver Premier League promotion, and the best way to achieve that would be through tried-and-tested footballers - and El-Mhanni, despite his skills, is not at that level just yet.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

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