Yet another South African teenager has made a big move overseas, this time 16-year-old midfielder Alwande Roaldsoy who joins Italian Serie A side, Atalanta.
The midfielder who was born in Norway to a South African mother and Norwegian father has signed from Norwegian 4th tier side Drobak Fogn penning a three-year-deal with the Champions League quarter-finalists.
This publication’s international office had earlier discovered the big midfielder who has been going through structures of Drobak and was touted for a big future mainly because of his physique and good ball distributing abilities.
Speaking to Atalanta’s official website the midfielder expressed joy about his new move saying, “I have some butterflies in my stomach, but this will be fun, I have been received very well.” said Roaldsøy.
“This is the best academy in Italy. I thought I was not going to get any better deals than this and then I took the chance – I told myself just jump in there,” he continued happily.
Speaking about his short and long-term goals the teenager said: “The goal is to debut in Serie A as soon as possible. I think I can do it before I am 19, I have talked to a number of players who are one or two years older and there are already 2003-born players who train with the A-team, I have a goal of training with them in 2021, guaranteed! I have to try that.”
Roaldsoy also expressed delight about joining a club that went as far as the quarter final in the UEFA Champions League only to fall so painfully.
“It was funny and quite surprising, but weird that they went out the way they did against PSG, but I’m happy they went as far as they did – it was a proud moment,” he concluded.
FARPost will be keeping tabs on the player’s progress with the Italian club which finished third in the league last season to qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League.
By Prince Sobayeni