The English youth international has found in the German Bundesliga team the perfect chance to grow up as a footballer.
Reiss Nelson is a product of Lewisham Borough and Arsenal’s youth system.
The player tried to break into the Gunners first squad in 2017, but he wasn’t able to do it.
He was then loaned for a year last summer to Hoffenheim in the German Bundesliga.
And this was the best decision ever for the player.
“It’s crazy,” he was quoted by the official Bundesliga site.
“I would never expect myself to be in a big league like this and playing regularly at the top level, as a teenager, but I just take every day and keep practicing, keep asking questions of my teammates and my coaches so I can learn all the time that I’m here in Germany.”
“It’s just a case of keeping my feet on the ground, but I’ve enjoyed every minute so far,” he added.
“I’m very happy here in Germany and playing and scoring.”
“I didn’t feel that confident when I left Arsenal,” he explained.
“Now I feel like a man and I know a year at Hoffenheim will help me. I have my family with me in Heidelberg, which is a great place to be.”
“We go out as a family to nice restaurants – life is good. I’ll do my job as long as I’m here,” he continued.
“Reiss has been back to give some of the young lads’ advice and some mentoring,” said Nelson’s former teacher at the London Nautical School, Neil Atherton.
“It’s great that he took the time to do that. Boys around here need positive role models like him. He really is an inspiration to other boys here – they see a boy from South London who has now become a world star.”
The 19-year-old is one of England’s future promises, as he has played with every youth squad in his country.
He has yet to receive a call-up to the senior national team, but it’s just a matter of time to see him defending the Three Lions jersey.
Not the result we were aiming for today, but good to be back on the pitch! 🦋 pic.twitter.com/B5IlqaqRTn
— Reiss Nelson (@ReissNelson9) February 2, 2019