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Matondo goals to emulate Sancho

Final Up to date: 09/10/19 12:09am

Rabbi Matondo scored his first senior purpose final month

Wales winger Rabbi Matondo believes he can emulate Jadon Sancho and make a
massive impression within the Bundesliga like his former Manchester Metropolis team-mate.

Matondo adopted England teenager Sancho, who has scored 16 targets in 55 appearances for Borussia Dortmund since he moved in 2017, in swapping the Premier League for Germany when he joined Schalke in an £11m transfer in January.

The 19-year-old scored his first Schalke purpose within the Three-1 victory at RB Leipzig final month earlier than he was recalled to Ryan Giggs’ Wales squad for the upcoming European Qualifiers in opposition to Slovakia and Croatia.

“It is just one purpose and it is solely my first begin of the season,” stated Matondo.

“However hopefully I can get many extra minutes this season and contribute with targets and assists and assist the staff climb the desk.

“If I can do in addition to he (Sancho) has achieved thus far then I shall be actually glad.

Jadon Sancho has scored three targets and contributed 5 assists within the Bundesliga thus far this season

“He is a superb participant. I’ve all the time identified that since being at Manchester Metropolis with him how good he will be and the way good he shall be. Hopefully he might help me as nicely.

“Jadon did not make me transfer to Germany, however in fact he’s doing so nicely there and when it got here round I believed ‘why not’?

“It wasn’t that I could not see a pathway (at Metropolis), I imagine in myself. Clearly at Manchester Metropolis it’s robust – all of the gamers are high gamers.

Rabbi Matondo made his senior Wales debut within the 1-Zero loss to Albania final 12 months

“Nevertheless it was extra that I had the chance to go and play first-team soccer and on the time I did not have that at Manchester Metropolis.

“So I most well-liked to play first-team soccer so I took the chance.”

Matondo, six months youthful than Sancho, solely turned 19 final month and by no means made a first-team look at Metropolis.

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The winger, who was as soon as labelled the quickest participant at Metropolis after beating the likes of Kyle Walker, Leroy Sane and Raheem Sterling in velocity exams, has solely made two begins for Schalke.

However he insists his profession is on track below the steerage of former Huddersfield head coach David Wagner.

“I’ve nonetheless acquired rather a lot to enhance on and study however I’m proud of how issues are going,” stated Matondo, who now has three Wales caps after making his debut final November.

“Hopefully there shall be many extra minutes for Schalke this season and hopefully that may encourage me to play extra for Wales.

“After I was youthful I all the time believed in myself. I all the time thought: you may be taking part in at degree if you end up 17, 18, 19.

“That is what I’m doing for the time being. We will see (in regards to the future), however I’ll give it my all.”

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