Abdou Harroui says he has completed a “dream” move to Serie A after choosing Sassuolo over Nottingham Forest, speaking to De Stentor.
History can only take you so far.
It looked for all the world as though Harroui was Forest-bound. But when Sassuolo came in with a counter offer, one of the most exciting midfielders in Dutch football suddenly found himself back-pedalling from a club currently at the bottom of England’s second tier.
While Nottingham Forest don’t appear to be going anywhere particularly fast, Sassuolo are looking to secure a top-half finish for the third season in a row – quite an achievement when you consider they ply their trade in a league containing Inter, Napoli, Roma, Juventus, Milan and Lazio.
Those are just some of the clubs Harroui will be playing against in the near future after Sassuolo completed an eventual £3 million deal for the Netherlands U21 international.
Will Abdou Harroui regret turning down Nottingham Forest?
“I’m really looking forward to it,” says Harroui, who moves to the Mapei Stadium after a couple of impressive seasons at Sparta Rotterdam. “Playing in Serie A is what you dream of as a footballer.
“I’ve been watching matches in Serie A for a long time, of course also the matches of Sassuolo lately. There are so many big clubs playing here – Juventus, AS Roma, AC Milan and Inter.
“I think it would be great to play football here. It’s a wonderful adventure.”
Coming to an agreement with Harroui himself, however, proved easier said than done.
The 23-year-old understandably had reservations about a club that, despite its history, massive fanbase and two European cups, has become a byword for mediocrity during the past two decades.
Forest missed out on another Eredivisie playmaker in the shape of Fortuna Sittard’s Zian Flemming but at least appear to be closing in on Club Olimpia starlet Braian Ojeda.